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Report - Old boats, Plymouth, July 2017

HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
1. Introduction

Found myself down in Plymouth for work with a bit of down-time. Really wanted to visit the infamous Drake Island but without my own canoe or a friend with a boat this place wasn't going to happen. Outside of Drakes there isn't an awful lot else to explore within easy reach of the town centre. However a Google Maps search threw up the hulks of some old fishing boats in Hooe Lake so off I set. Took the ferry from the Plymouth Landing Stage over to the Mount Batten Ferry landing point then walked along the SW Coast Path before turning left in the direction of Hooe Lake, which isn't really a lake but rather a tidal inlet.

Haven't been able to find much history about the 5 or six boats here. They are probably predominantly old fishing boats and vary from complete wrecks to being potentially seaworthy with a bit of work. Wasn't sure I was going to do a report but as the sun decided to come out these old seafaring hulks became incredibly photogenic.


2. The Pictures


Handful of boats on the southern shore in various states of disrepair:

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This one's the baby of the ensemble:

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This one's pretty far gone:

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As is this one:

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Any dignity left for 'Dignity'?

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Bows on the beach!

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As we move anti-clockwise round the lake we get to this far gone wreck:

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This one's in better nick but still not going anywhere with a hole in it like this:

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This one in the lake is very much gone:

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And finally this one on the shore:

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Overview:

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dave

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#2
Enjoyed that Hughie makes a change from the norm sad to think they were probably someones pride and joy and a source of income many years ago.
 

Markdas

28DL Member
28DL Member
#4
Wow....i used to walk that route through what we called the Duck Ponds everyday on my way to school....that was nearly 40 years ago and those old boats were there then.....never moved and i guess never will now...

Lovely photography thanks
 

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