I knew that something had "happened" because the polar alignment which I had down to about 1 arc minute was now off by 5 arc minutes. So, something disturbed the mount while it was slewing. Fortunately, it's hard to actually damage a Paramount that way because the screw plungers just give way. I don't think that's fooproof, though.
I'd be very concerned using a remote observatory about support and how access is controlled in a shared environment. I'd be vastly less concerned about whether the mount was a Paramount, an AP mount or a 10Micron. Still, the most elegant solution to mount recovery is a pair of absolute encoders.