Remains of an unknown steel barge on the southern shore of Hooe Lake, near Oreston in Plymouth.
Nothing is known about the history of this unpowered or dumb barge other than it arrived at the boatyard between 2001 and 2005, by 2007 it was being used as a floating drydock and was alongside Flete Lady on the west side of the quay. In 2010 the barge was moved to its current position to the east of the quay and the bow was cut off.
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This steel barge sits on the foreshore of Hooe Lake and floods every tide. The barge has flat sides and a flat bottom with a flat fronted punt bow, the stern has been removed but is likely to have been of a similar shape. The bow of the vessel has been partially cut off and now lies nose down on the mud.
Hooe Lake, Oreston, Plymouth
From Oreston, take the Lower Saltram road off Plymstock Road then turn right into Kingfisher Way. Follow the road down to the lake and there is a car park at the end. Take the footpath heading south under the folly and follow it round to the hulk, there is a gap in the bushes where you can walk through to the beach. Alternatively, walk round via the beach but take care as the rocks are slippery. Note that Hexton Quay is private property and is not open to the public.
Last updated 03 Jan 2021
Position OS: SX 50155 52817
Position GPS: 50.356143, -4.107816
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