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Belgian pilot vessel turned party boat abandoned off Torpoint, Cornwall.

Type

Belgian pilot vessel

History

The large steel ship sunk off Torpoint just north of the chain ferry is the remains of the Anna II, a former Belgian pilot vessel.   The Anna II was built in 1950 at the Beliard Crighton Shipyard in Ostend as Loodsboot 3 with yard number 122, one of three ships including the Scorpios and the Stern.  The ships were 499 grt, 49.5m overall and 8.4m beam with a draught of 3.6m.

The Anna II was sold in 1977, she was photographed in Charlestown in 1989 and she ended up with a British owner who put her on a mooring in the Tamar River off Torpoint.  The owner was in the process of converting the ship, reportedly as a party boat, when she sank at her mooring in approximately 1992 and she was abandoned where she lay.

Description

The Anna II is intact but sunk on the riverbed, lying on her port bilge. The vessel has been stripped of deck fittings, masts and funnel and a large deckhouse has been constructed aft of the original wheelhouse.

UKHO wreck number 61761

Identified by The SHIPS Project through ShipSpotting SHIPS Link.

Location and Access

Tamar River, off Torpoint, Cornwall

The Anna II can be seen from the Torpoint shore but can only be vsited by boat. Do not attempt to get on board as the wreck is in a dangerous condition.

Position OS: SX 44131 55634
Position GPS: 50.379900, -4.193610
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Information

Date Built:

1950

Previous Names

Loodsboot 3

Builder:

Beliard Crighton Shipyard, Ostend

Official Number:

Yard No. 122, IMO 7304687

Length

49.5m

Width

8.4m

Draught

3.6m

Construction

Steel

Propulsion

Diesel

Tonnage

499 GRT

Portmarks

None

Abandoned

1992 approx.

Sisterships from the Beliard Crighton Shipyard:

LOODSBOOT 3, IMO: 7304687, YN:122, Anna II
LOODSBOOT 4, IMO: 7304699, YN:123, Scorpios
LOODSBOOT 5, IMO: 7304699, YN:124, Stern


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