Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Guided tour of the Purton Hulks

Britain's biggest ship's graveyard at Purton with the River Severn on the left and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on the right. Picture by Hamish Fenton©


Kennet Barge, Harriett at Purton on the 
River Severn. Picture by Bob Naylor©
You can experience Gloucestershire's forgotten maritime past on a guided tour of Britain's largest ships graveyard, The Purton Hulks, the final resting place of Harriett, the last remaining Kennet Barge that was built at Honeystreet on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Marine Historian Paul Barnett and the Friends of Purton have organised the trip on 20th March and they will take you on a tour that brings to life the history of the Severn trows, ocean going schooners, war time concrete lighters and a myriad of working craft that were beached on the banks of the Severn to protect the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which was at risk from the fierce Severn tides.

Meet at Purton Lower Bridge 20th March 2011, the walk starts at 1pm and costs  £3.50pp

For more information go to: www.friendsofpurton.org.uk

Other stories about the Purton Hulks at: Last Kennet Barge in Britain's biggest ships graveyard

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