Not Set

A unknown sailing vessel abandoned at the far eastern end of Hooe Lake.

Type

Unknown sailing vessel

History

Was thought to be the Millbrook steam ferry Cornubia.

This vessel was mentioned in the book Lost Ships of the West Country by Langley & Small as one of three vessels side by side at the east end of the lake. Their map of Hooe Lake describes this as an 'unidentified barge', 'one of three vessels moored alongside each other and floating every high tide, they gradually fell into this decay'. John Cotton reported that this was the remains of the Millbrook passenger ferry Cornubia but does not state his source.

Description

The lower part of the vessel is all that remains, including keel, part of the sternpost, lower frames, inner and outer planking and stringers.

This vessel is currently being investigated and recorded by The SHIPS Project with the intention of identifying the type and name of the vessel.

Location and Access

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. The wreck partially covers at high tide springs so plan a visit to coincide with low water, the foreshore is accessible when the tide height is less than 2.5m above chart datum. The foreshore round the wreck is soft mud so appropriate footwear is needed.

Nearby hulks include the lighter Arthur SHIPS Link, the fishing boat Hooe Lake 1 SHIPS Link, unknown vessel Hooe Lake 3 SHIPS Link, the passenger ferry Cornubia SHIPS Link and the houseboat Roger SHIPS Link.

Position OS: SX 50298 53010
Position GPS: 50.357917, -4.105889
Show the site on Google Maps SHIPS Link

Information

Date Built:

Unknown

Type:

Unknown

Builder:

Unknown

Official Number:

Unknown

Length

21m / 69ft

Beam

 

Depth in Hold

Unknown

Construction

Timber, carvel

Propulsion

Sail

Tonnage

Unknown

Portmarks

Unknown

Abandoned

Unknown

Margaret Jarvis

My grandfather used to go out at low tide in the 50’s and get wood for his fire, it burnt with a lovely blue flame. Our family home overlooked the lake.


Not Set

Leave a message

Your email address will not be published.

Click the images for a larger version

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC attribution non-commercial licence (unless stated otherwise).