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Many vessels have been abandoned or broken up in Sutton Harbour. The shipbreakers Demellweek & Redding took over the shipyard at Marrowbone Slip and broke up a number of vessels including NS660 below and the famous Black Swan class sloop HMS Amethyst. The paddle steamer Totnes Castle was on her way to be broken up at Marrowbone Slip when she foundered under tow.

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Sutton Harbour, Plymouth

No remains of any vessels can now be seen in Sutton Harbour. The installation of lock gates to Sutton Harbour in 1994 has maintained a minimum level of water inside the harbour that before would dry out in the shallows at low tide.

Position OS: SX 50344 55092
Position GPS: 50.376640, -4.106071
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La Petite Stephanie

The trawler La Petite Stephanie was built at St. Peter Port, Guernsey in 1956 for trawling and dredging lines, registered as GU 5042. The diesel-powered ship was 73ft long, breadth 21ft depth 9ft and 69.47 GRT with a crew of 6. In December 1975 she was owned by Channel Islander Anthony Leonard Ozard who lived in Plymouth.

I found her in Sutton Harbour, Johnson’s Quay, in 1982, where the first photos were taken. She had tied up along the quay at high tide, when the tide went out the ropes weren’t let out and when the tide came back in it went over the gunwales. The photo below is of her in ‘Millbay Docks’ taken a few mouths later with all her superstructure gone. [John Cotton]

See Picture 1.


Patrina was sunken in Sutton Marina for a few days by The China House in 1982. To find the name of her I asked the Harbour Master at the end of Sutton Wharf, he informed me that she is called the ‘Patrina’ and it was to be moved pretty soon. I was back there about three months later and she had only been moved a few feet out of the deep water onto the hard muddy ridge. [John Cotton]

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NS660 and Barge

Two barges were scrapped at Marrowbone Slip in Sutton harbour, one called NS660 and the other unnamed. [John Cotton]

See Pictures 4 and 5


The Tavy was built in 1889 by F. Hawke, Bros in Stonehouse, a smack rigged vessel of 25 tons, 52ft long with a 15ft beam and a depth of 5.6ft. In 1948 she was reported derelict and incapable of navigation; her hulk lay for many years on the mud in the coal harbour across Sutton Pool, but by the 1980's she had disappeared. [John Cotton]

HMS Amethyst

The Black Swan class sloop HMS Amethyst, famous because of the 'Yangtze Incident', was scrapped at Marrowbone Slip. Read the story here on the late Peter Mitchell's Submerged website SHIPS Link.

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Roy Ackland

12 May 2020

Re. Patrina, I owned her for a while in early 1970"s, i bought it from a navy commander who brought it down from Scotland. I think it was built early 1900 and was originally a steam powered navy pinnace of the sort carried on the battleships of that time.

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