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In the early 20th century, a number of old vessels were run aground along the bank of the River Severn, near Purton in Gloucestershire, to create a makeshift tidal erosion barrier to reinforce the narrow strip of land between the river and Sharpness to Gloucester canal.
Barges, Trows and Schooners were “hulked” at high tide, and have since filled with silt.
More boats have been added, including the schooner “Katherine Ellen” which was impounded in 1921 for running guns to the IRA, the Kennet Canal barge “Harriett”, and Ferrous Concrete Barges built in World War II.

Ships Graveyard Monument

Ships Graveyard Monument

Ships Graveyard Monument

Ships Graveyard Monument

Ships Graveyard Monument

Ships Graveyard Monument

Severn & Wye Valley Railway Bridge Disaster, 50th Anniversary Plaque

Severn & Wye Valley Railway Bridge Disaster, 50th Anniversary Plaque

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Abbey" - 1900 Dock Lighter, beached 1956

"Arkendale H" - 1937 Steel Barge (left), and "Wastdale H" - 1951 Steel Motor Barge (right), both collided with the Severn Railway Bridge in 1960

"Arkendale H" - 1937 Steel Barge (left), and "Wastdale H" - 1951 Steel Motor Barge (right), both collided with the Severn Railway Bridge in 1960

"Arkendale H" - 1937 Steel Barge (left), and "Wastdale H" - 1951 Steel Motor Barge (right), both collided with the Severn Railway Bridge in 1960

"Arkendale H" - 1937 Steel Barge (left), and "Wastdale H" - 1951 Steel Motor Barge (right), both collided with the Severn Railway Bridge in 1960

"Britannia" - 1878 Trow, beached 1944

"Britannia" - 1878 Trow, beached 1944

"Catherine Ellen" (ex-"Katherine Ellen") - 1862 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1952

"Catherine Ellen" (ex-"Katherine Ellen") - 1862 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1952

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

"Dispatch" (later "New Dispatch") - 1888 Two Masted Wooden Schooner, beached 1961

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