The remains of a small wooden vessel lie in Millbrook Lake on the North side, by the Multihull Centre at Foss.
The history of this vessel is not known. The hulk is thought to be the remains of a 1980s Plymouth fishing vessel called the Plough which was originally Danish or Dutch built and abandoned in 1988 by the owner, called 'Bodger'.
It has been suggested that this is the remains of the Buckie registered fishing vessel Plough BCK-104 built by the Macduff Engineering Co Ltd. in 1959, however this vessel had a pronounced sheer whereas the hulk in Millbrook Lake has a flat deck.
This timber vessel is approximately 15m long with a beam of 4.8m, she is lightly built with carvel planking and a pointed stern. The boat has been partially dismantled with the starboard side and forward deck missing and a section cut from the port side bow. The stem is 180mm wide which will be similar to the width of the keel which is inaccessible under concrete ballast cast into her bottom. The single frames are 70mm sided 100mm moulded with a 260mm spacing and short overlaps on the joints. The structure is reinforced with timber hanging and lodging knees and held together with 10mm iron threaded bolts with square nuts which are now heavily corroded.
Outer planks are 175 x 30mm fastened with square iron nails but the upper three strakes and the bilge strakes are 175 x 50mm. The hold is not lined with ceiling planking or the planking has been removed. The remains of the deck cover the stern and port quarter, the deck planks are 90 x 40mm and fastened with square iron nails. Under the deck amidships is a bulkhead formed from double diagonally-planked timber. The stern of the vessel still retains the original shape but is starting to collapse, the deck is largely intact on which there is a large steering quadrant held up by the rudder shaft. The remains of a heavily corroded engine lie on the centreline, this is commonly thought to have been made by Rolls Royce.
This site was explored by The SHIPS Project in March 2021. Thanks to Sally Turner for the additional information.
Foss, Millbrook Lake on the North side
Nearby hulks include Millbrook 1 on the same beach.
Last updated 02 Apr 2021
Position OS: SX 43375 52398
Position GPS: 50.350611, -4.202887
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Timber, carvel planked
Petrol / Diesel
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