We picked up the rope immediately: a hefty old hawser that leads you out from the shore for about 100m.
The captain and his crew abandoned ship in the boats and ran a hawser to anchor the Shuna's bow to the shore.
The bow is impressive and very photogenic, with the exposed starboard anchor still housed and its hawser and mooring bollards easily distinguishable.
The anchor cable plunged into the water beside him, and he laid a hand on the thick hawser .
He managed to get a line and hawser ashore, across which some 40 men scrambled to safety.
Thicker hawsers followed, and it took no more than a few minutes to wrap them around the mooring bollards.
Many of the ship's 625 passengers peered at the spectacle below, as the ship was moored along the pier and held by thick hawsers .
Fortunately, her dogs were tied to a tree by what appeared to be old tug hawsers .
The docks were littered with greasy, untidily coiled hawsers , tools, cargo and refuse.
The bow is equally imposing, with two extremely large anchors still in their hawsers and a great deal of machinery and portholes to see.