Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Purton Hulks....

When we were at our last campsite at Slimbridge Gloucestershire we visited the Purton Hulks Ship Graveyard......It really is a fascinating place....
The Purton Hulks form the largest ships graveyard in the UK.

It started back at the beginning of the 20th century when a number of hulks were beached to help shore up the bank between the Gloucester and Sharpness canal and the River Severn which was in danger of being breached....

There are currently approximately 80 old ships and barges to be found along the riverbank at Purton.....
Many of these old ships are unique examples in the UK maritime record and before our very eyes they are being destroyed by both human and natural forces....

There is quite an eerie atmosphere about the place and if you ever get the chance to visit the area a visit to Purton should be on your list.....

In the meantime and just in case you don't get to visit the hulks I have posted below a few of the images I took during our visit.....










This Plinth lists a number of the Ships and Barges to be seen.

5 comments:

Steve A said...

Golly, Bremerton Washington ought to take note!

David J said...

Wow! Fascinating piece of history and beautiful images.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Steve A*
Thanks for the comment Steve...I must admit I don't know much about Bremerton....

*David J*
Thanks for commenting David...It really was a fascinating place to visit....

GreenComotion said...

Hi Trevor-
What an amazing place to visit!
Love your photos.
Peace :)

Trevor Woodford said...

*GreenComotion*
Thanks Chandra....
Images of these old hulks were taken with a Fuji X-Pro 1 Camera...