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Report - Hamble Boatyard - Southampton - March 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by gargoylecity, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. gargoylecity

    gargoylecity 28DL Member
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    Earlier this year we travelled out to a boatyard we'd seen along the river on the motorway heading towards Southampton. After clambering out of a marina nearby we made our way under a motorway bridge and found more than what we thought we'd see in this small boatyard.

    Some history
    From the little I could unearth about this particular boatyard I managed to divulge that these appear to be the remains of the current River Hamble's marina's predecessor. The Hampshire council records note that there was a storm on the river during the 1979 "Fastnet Race", which led to the abandonment of 23 vessels on the river, which is a plausible cause as to why there were boats abandoned in the location we found them. We discovered a metal jetty in the centre of the yard which had a wrecker on it as well as some shipping containers filled with things that appeared to be fly-tipped, although the wrecker appeared to be unused for sometime. We gathered that there must have been some sort of salvaging project at one point, but everything looked untouched for quite some time.

    We visited the site across 2 days. The first day ended with ridiculous amounts of mud meaning we weren't able to explore the entire yard, but we returned on a brighter day and managed to get across the whole site.

    The first sight that greeted us was this small blue boat, in the distance you can see the new marina that's been recently built to replace the one we were visiting. This boat looked quite battered but was in good shape compared to the rest of the boats I would see as I went into the yard.

    The first real view of the entire boatyard. It seemed much bigger than we thought it would be when we saw it out of our car window on the motorway. The jetty over there looks like it connects up to the other marina but it doesn't, there was actually quite a gap between the two yards. These two boats in the foreground were in bad shape, the one on the right had been completely hollowed out in the bottom and as you can see the one on the left was rusting and had holes all over it.

    Closer view of that boat on the left, the steering wheel still moved which was interesting, maybe needed some WD40 however. The boat on the right I managed to clamber into but was met with water up to my knees, the whole other side of the boat was letting water in. You can see the shipping container in the corner, which was where I decided to head next.

    To our great surprise we found another disused wrecker behind the container - interesting. The container itself was pretty much empty other than a motorcycle helmet and a pile of empty boxes which was a little disappointing.

    In front of the container was this metal jetty with the other wrecker on it. This wrecker was boarded up and we couldn't get into it. The rest of the jetty was covered in wooden boards and sawdust. The jetty was surprisingly stable but the wooden platform you see to the left was not at all and seemed to fluctuate with the waves.

    Here's the view of what we had explored already from the jetty. We'd managed to escape clambering through those wood piles by traversing the coastal path, or rather the "scenic route".

    View of the wrecker and jetty from behind one of the boats on the right hand side of the jetty. The ropes here were surprisingly helpful for shifting around the debris. We were fairly safe, however, as there was a thick wooden plank along the ground that we could shift along.

    We backtracked a little from the jetty as we saw that we'd be able to get onto the deck of one of the boats we'd seen earlier, and the view was worth it. The boats surrounding here were in equally awful condition, although we'd learnt to expect this from our trip so far. We couldn't quite determine the age of the boats, many were completely totalled. The Fastnet Race was our only viable option for figuring out when they'd been abandoned here.

    We'd decided at this point that it was probably a good idea to call it a day, it was starting to spit light rain and the mud was becoming insurmountable. Managed to grab a few quick closeup shots of the destroyed boats before leaving.

    And another closeup of the back of the wrecker.

    Day 2


    We came back about 4 days later to a much more sunny scene. Some of the mud had washed away which made the site much more traversable.

    One of the boats by the jetty in much clearer light.

    What appears to be a motor engine dangling out of one of the boats.

    Not the easiest method of entrance, but sure, go for it.

    Pretty sweet spot, not even that hidden. Thanks for reading through our report.
    #1 gargoylecity, Jun 8, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2015

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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Reminds me of a scene from Scrapheap Challenge lol. Shame none were big enough to venture inside. Nice one for getting in though, and seeing what was on the other side. :thumb
  3. pirate

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    I guess the 2 gun turrets and LARCs are gone then :(
  4. monk

    monk mature
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    The larcs are still about, was on them at the weekend :)
  5. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Cant beat a bit of boatyard clutter - nice work!!
  6. gargoylecity

    gargoylecity 28DL Member
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    Hah, if you wanted to use any of this for a scrap heap challenge you'd need a pressure washer and lots of industrial lubricant!
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