A dredger that used to work in Plymouth, now broken up on the Cattedown foreshore.
This vessel used to dredge the seabed in the rivers around Plymouth Sound working with the dredger Sand Swallow. The Plym was broken up alongside the wharf so the remains are what was not taken away for scrap.
We know very little about this vessel so any information or photographs would be welcome.
Five metre long sections of the lower part of the hull remain on the foreshore giving an idea of the heavily built construction of this ship. The stern section at keel level is recognisable as are lower sections of the hold.
This hulk was identified by Nigel Boston.
Remains of a crashed German aircraft were found close to this wreck but nothing was seen when we visited the site in 2010.
It has been suggested that this is the remains of the Turnchapel and Oreston passenger ferry Swift, however the Swift was broken up on Turnchapel beach.
The remains of the Plym dredger lie on the foreshore off Cattedown.
Position OS: SX 49216 53431
Position GPS: 50.361422, -4.121258
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The remains of the Plym are most easily seen from a boat at low water on a spring tide. There is no access to the site from the shore as the Plym lies off Cattedown Wharves but the site can be accessed by canoe at low spring tide.
Thanks to Nigel Boston for information about the Plym.
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