A Brixham Trawler abandoned at the far eastern end of Hooe Lake.
This vessel is a Brixham trawler similar to the sloop class Brixham trawler Antelope hulked in the Laira and constructed by the same shipbuilder, Robert Jackman & Sons.
Wendew came to Plymouth in 1940 and the register closed in 1950. Her last owner, Eddie Blackler converted Wendew to a houseboat and lived on board before she was abandoned in Hooe Lake.
Wendew was abandoned in Hooe Lake after spending time as a houseboat, beached alongside the much larger unknown vessel Hooe Lake 3 at the east end of the lake. Photographs taken by John Cotton in the 1980s suggest that she was lying hard over on her starboard side, as would be expected because of her sharp V shaped hull. When beached, Brixham trawlers were usually supported on strong timber legs attached to the outside of the vessel to keep them upright. By the time John Cotton photographed the remains of Wendew all that was left was a section of keel at the stern and her sternpost, with the lower starboard frames partly buried in the mud and some of the lower port frames sticking nearly vertically upwards. The bow of the vessel is missing, presumably salvaged.
Today all that remains are some of the lower starboard frames and a section of keel, and a number of lumps of concrete ballast once fitted between her frames.
This vessel was mentioned in the book Lost Ships of the West Country by Langley & Small as one of three vessels side by side at the east end of the lake. Their map of Hooe Lake shows Wendew to be the most northern hulk of the three.
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 wreck partially covers at high tide springs so plan a visit to coincide with low water, the foreshore is accessible when the tide height is less than 2.5m above chart datum. The foreshore round the wreck is soft mud so appropriate footwear is needed.
Position OS: SX 50298 53010
Position GPS: 50.357917, -4.105889
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Brixham trawler, Mule class
Robert Jackman & Sons
Sail, ketch rig
35.16 GRT, 24.15 net
My grandfather used to go out at low tide in the 50’s and get wood for his fire, it burnt with a lovely blue flame. Our family home overlooked the lake.
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