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Farmer Simmons' abandoned barge lies under the trees on the north side of Tamerton Lake.

Type

Barge, unknown

History

The barge under the trees on the north side of the lake was put there by the farmer the late Richard Simmons of Woodlands House. Simmons had a long association with motorboats, firstly in the RAF and latterly as the owner of a boat yard at Hampton Court. It has been suggested that the boat was abandoned there in the 1990s however what is probably the tugboat that put her there, Tamerton 1 SHIPS Link, was photographed afloat in the lake in 1980, so this barge was probably abandoned that year. The tug was mentioned by Mr Miles, a relative of Simmons, "Sadly my uncle’s tug boat was destroyed in what is believed to be an attack upon it (not an accident) many years ago – thus the barge has lain dormant in this spot for years".

The locals soon nicknamed the barge 'Noah's Ark' from its shape. Simmons was an interesting character, one quote about him says "Mr Simmons used to stand in the field next to his house and say a sermon twice a day, early morning and early evening, harmless really". Simmons used to preach at 7am and 6pm, dragging a large cross while he preached. Simmons' house was destroyed by fire and he then moved in to a caravan on his land.

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Description

Unknown vessel under the trees on the north side of Tamerton Lake

Location and Access

Tamerton Lake, north side

Nearby hulks include Tamerton 1 SHIPS Link, Tamerton 2 SHIPS Link, Tamar barge Saltash SHIPS Link, the ketch Maline SHIPS Link, and the yacht Merganser SHIPS Link

Last updated 03 Jan 2021

Position OS: SX 45377 60546
Position GPS: 50.424372, -4.178115

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Information

Date Built:

Unknown

Type:

Barge

Builder:

Unknown

Official Number:

Unknown

Length

Unknown

Beam

Unknown

Draft

Unknown

Construction

Steel

Propulsion

None

Tonnage

Unknown

Portmarks

None

Outcome

Abandoned 1980?

Reference

None


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