The trawler Reine Des Flots was one of a number of boats used as the foundations for Carbeile Wharf.
In November 1982, the trawler Reine des Flots (tr. Queen of the Waves), port number PH281, was tied up at her berth in Sutton Harbour. The ship had been moored there for six weeks with no-one on board because her owners were trying to sell her. A sudden explosion occurred on board, the ship was engulfed in flames then sank in three minutes (Fig. 1). Being a significant obstruction, the Reine was refloated within days and towed to other side of harbour and beached (Photo 2). Fortunately there was no-one on board at the time so no lives were lost and the cause of the explosion was never established. The Reine des Flots made its way to Carbeile Creek near Torpoint and was used as the foundations for a wharf in 1985.
The owners of the Carbeile boatyard extended the wharf along the foreshore, Brian Jones saw the wharf being built and took some photographs (Figs 3-6). Along with the Reine des Flots were a cut-down steel-built Admiralty vessel, barge Fowey No. 2 , an unnamed trawler with port number SU-104, the yacht Roy Fra Masnedo and approximately four other vessels. The boats may have been cut down before being infilled because the area now is flat concrete, used for a boat park and storage.
This vessel is buried under Carbeile Wharf near Torpoint.
Thanks to Brian Jones for recording the fate of these vessels.
Carbeile Wharf, St Johns Lake Torpoint.
The remains of one barge can still be seen on the eastern end of the wharf.
Last updated 02 Apr 2021
Position OS: SX 43357 54688
Position GPS: 50.371747, -4.205886
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Abandoned 1985, buried under landfill
Huggins Boatyard at Carbeile Wharf is owned by the Huggins Bros. Marina Group and provides dry storage, marina berths and boat lifting facilities, see carbeilewharf.co.uk
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