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Remains of a handline fishing boat on the southern shore of Hooe Lake, near Oreston in Plymouth.


Ex-Naval pinnace converted to a handline fishing boat.


The remains of a boat abandoned on the shore of Hooe Lake, lying close to the remains of the houseboat Roger SHIPS Link, may be the handliner UXB (PH 72), see photo 1. This handlining and angling fishing boat was converted in 1983 from a Royal Navy pinnace, reported to have come from HMS Ark Royal (R09) which was scrapped in 1980.

Handlining is fishing using a rod or hand held lines as a commercial venture in a similar manner to recreation angling. Handliners land small quantities of fish, on a daily basis, in pristine condition, see the SeaFish web site SHIPS Link.

This hulk was tentatively identified by The SHIPS Project. Please get in touch if you have any information about this vessel by sending us a message below.


The remains of this vessel were recorded by the SHIPS Project in 2012 as part of a training exercise for the Project's interns Stew Wareing from the University of Bristol and Sophie Winton from SAHRA in South Africa. Very little remains of the vessel and what survives is hidden under a layer of seaweed and lake mud. The vessel was lightly built using diagonal planking.

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 remains of the Roger can be seen on the south bank of the lake and this vessel lies 10m to the west. Take the footpath heading south under the folly and follow it round to the hulk, there is a gap in the bushes where you can walk through to the beach. Alternatively, walk round via the beach but take care as the rocks are slippery. The wreck covers at high tide so plan a visit to coincide with low water.

Nearby hulks include the houseboat Roger SHIPS Link, motor cruiser Hooe Lake 2 SHIPS Link, the lighter Arthur SHIPS Link and the fishing boat Hooe Lake 1 SHIPS Link.

Position OS: SX 50257 52839
Position GPS: 50.356369, -4.106393

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Date Built:



Ex-Naval pinnace


Royal Navy

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13.7m / 45ft






Timber, diagonal planking






PH 72



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