SO6804 : Purton hulks

taken 3 years ago, near to Purton, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Purton hulks
Purton hulks
In 1909, a small fleet of redundant barges was beached here in order to shore up the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and prevent it being washed into the Severn estuary. This practice continued over the years and the area is now known as the Ships' Graveyard and is home to over 80 boats of various sizes. The boat in the foreground is a ferro concrete barge (FCB), built during WWII in Barrow in Furness and beached here in 1965. In the background are the remains of various wooden barges. The site is quite eerie and has a definite atmosphere all of its own, even on a bright sunny day. More information at the Friends of Purton site at LinkExternal link.
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SO6804, 86 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Purton 
Primary Subject of Photo
Barge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6852 0426 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.1694N 2:27.4360W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6860 0434
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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