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Purton Hulk

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Purton Hulks
The remains of the Severn Collier
The Purton Hulks or Purton Ships' Graveyard[1] is a number of abandoned boats and ships, deliberately beached beside the River Severn near Purton in Gloucestershire, England, to reinforce the river banks. Most were beached in the 1950s and are now in a state of considerable decay. The site forms the largest ship graveyard in mainland Britain
A riverbank collapse in 1909 led to concerns that the barrier between the river and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal would be breached. Old vessels were run aground and soon filled with water and silt to create a tidal erosion barrier. The vessels included steel barges, Severn trows and concrete ships. The boats came from throughout the British Isles and were built in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.
Since 2000, archaeological investigations have been undertaken to find out more about the vessels and their states of decay. Explanatory labels have been provided. One barge has been scheduled as an ancient monument and several are included in the National Register of Historic Vessels.

Purton lies on the southern bank of the River Severn about 1⁄2 mile (1 km) north of the port of Sharpness

Tags: Boat Severn Decay Rotten Landscape and travel Purton Ships Graveyard

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Comments


Tooma 6 2.2k 3 Scotland
21 Feb 2019 1:37AM
Interesting narrative and shot, Ian. Smile
dales Plus
7 13 Australia
21 Feb 2019 11:59AM
Superb capture Ian , very interesting history of the area.
Ian
Fred263 10 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2019 6:51PM
Stunning image, Ian.
Compelling narrative that adds great context.
IreneClarke 8 1.4k 2 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2019 7:17AM
Great image and write up - happy to make it a readers choice

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