SO6804 : Remains of the "Severn Collier" at Purton

taken 4 years ago, near to Purton, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Remains of the "Severn Collier" at Purton
Remains of the "Severn Collier" at Purton
A close up of the remains of the "Severn Collier", built as a motorised barge at Stourport in 1937. The engine was unceremoniously removed after her first trip as a loaded boat, when it was discovered that she was vastly underpowered and took eight hours to cover a journey of no more than a mile and a half! After this, she was used as a dumb barge until retirement and subsequent beaching at Purton in 1965.
More than most of the boats here, "Severn Collier" indicates the problems caused by the complete lack of any legal protection for the Purton Hulks. Bits of this boat have disappeared into local houses- the main beam being used in the 1997 refurbishment of a local cottage, for instance - and the complete bow section was set alight in an attempt to recover valuable bronze rivets for their scrap value. What remains here today is still subjected to raids by souvenir hunters and graffiti attacks by idiots. More information is to be found at the "Friends of Purton" website at LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6849 0427 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.1747N 2:27.4622W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6849 0427
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Purton Hulks 

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