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BobClay



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No way for a ship to end, all I can say about this is here:
http://sixsentences.ning.com/profiles/blogs/bitter-end
· Date: Wed, 19 September 12 · Views: 1,292
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Keywords: Severn Sands, Fremington, Braunton,
Location photo was taken: Tarka Trail
Date photo was taken: Sept 2010
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Frank Holleran
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Wed, 19 September 12 20:10

Well spoken Bob...the sentiments of many.
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Coastie

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Wed, 19 September 12 20:34

Severn Sands. Was she not a dredger? (Going by the name)

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BobClay

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Wed, 19 September 12 21:18

I believe she was a dredger ... but that's honest enough work for a ship (and much to the benefit of other ships.)

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DAVELECKIE
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Thu, 20 September 12 07:31

This vessel suffered an engine failure several years ago and was beached at Fremington on the River Taw near Barnstaple.
After several years North Devon District Council "seized" ownership of the vessel. The owners had abandoned her andleft diesel oil and various other oils etc still aboard. Approx two years ago she broke free from her moorings at high tide and drifted upstream threatening to collide with the new Barnstaple bridge. She came to rest alongside the Tarka cycle path between Barnstaple and Chivenor where this picture was taken.
She was eventually taken downstream to Yellend Quay where she was broken up in 2011.

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gil mayes
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Thu, 20 September 12 07:33

SEVERN SANDS (183375), ex Ferlas-95, Le Ferlas-89, Isca-77, 515grt sand dredger. Built 1960 NV Scheeps 'Westerbroek', Westerbroek, 660bhp Lister Blackstone.
Result of another dreamer who thought he could convert a worn out vessel into a live aboard/museum back in 2006. More or less abandoned at Fremington since arrival on 22 Feb 2007 and later vandalised, on a spring tide on 9 Sep 2010 she parted her lines and was carried up the River Taw fetching up on the shore near Chivenor. Two days latter attended by the Appledore workboat LUNDY PUFFIN it was hoped that she could be refloated and towed to Yelland. This did not happen until the next springs when she was refloated and towed to the Instow jetty, cleaned and breaking commenced, completing in Dec 2010.
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BobClay

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Thu, 20 September 12 11:40

Maybe I'm old fashioned. But I can't help but think a working ship should have a quick and clean death (yeah yeah, I know, it's just a hunk of metal) and not a totally f****d up ending such as this ship got. Is it such a sin to be romantic when it comes to ships, regardless of whether they're majestic tea clippers or dogged work horses.
If I am old fashioned in this respect ... then long may it be so.

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Burntisland Ship Yard

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Thu, 20 September 12 14:14

Not the way for a mature lady to finish her time !

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sandman
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Thu, 20 September 12 15:20

When she arrived, she steamed from chepstow to Yelland under her own power, also she was in working condition, but out of class. the owners thereafter started to cut up various items over the years, IE dredgepipe grading box, anchors,prop,rudder.Until she had nothing left to cut up and scrap. At Fremington quay she was not connected to the quay wall, only secured believe it or not by scaffold poles driven into the mud and hard ground of the beach, with ropes. during a gale one eve she went walkabout causing havoc in the river for a couple of tides until they could think of a way of securing her. she was finally pushed up into the river bank at Heanton in the River Taw by the Babcock tug Lundy puffin for a couple of weeks, on the next springs she was taken from there and taken down river by the padstow dredger mannin, and secured on the old yelland power station jetty until the next tide before beaching once again, but this time for disposal.
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gil mayes
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Fri, 21 September 12 03:52

Yes she was a runner when she arrived at Fremington but she had been out of service since April 2005 and laid up at Newport; it was rumoured in 2006 that Liverpool operators were interested in her. This came to nothing and she left Newport for Appledore on 3 June 2006 with Severn Seas Shipping said to be associated with her. There was speculation that she would be fitted with a grab and that she would work in the lower Bristol Channel.
Can someone please confirm exactly where she was broken up. I have her adjacent to the lower Taw jetty, Instow not at Yelland. Did anyone take any photographs?
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gil mayes
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Fri, 21 September 12 04:14

Looks like this answers my question. From Torridge District Council Website.
Friday 8th October 2010
The Severn Sands was piloted successfully last night from Heanton where she had drifted too on the large Springs of last month to a secure berth at The ex Power Station Jetty at Yelland, with the Councils Pilot Boat Two Rivers II leading the 'tug' Mannin (Padstow Harbours dredger Mannin) through the narrow channels. The Severn sands will be broken up on the foreshore inside the jetty head.
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BobClay

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Fri, 21 September 12 05:45

I pedal the Tarka Trail a lot and I'm kicking myself that I didn't wander across the scrubland and take a photo of her at Yelland. They've been doing a lot of demolition work at the old workings there in the last couple of years. When I took this photograph you could practically walk up the shingle to her and touch her. At the time she was secured to a tree with a bit of old rope.

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BobClay

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Fri, 21 September 12 06:22

Interestingly if you have Google Earth the close up view of Fremington still shows her there on the beach, which means those pix are 2 or 3 years old, although new enough to include the new bridge at Barnstaple. There are several pictures of her there, which must have been shortly before she made her final stab for freedom and ended up near Braunton.

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Sun, 30 September 12 16:39

Please see the following videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJmN8S2Gf_E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYUyoxISvHA

Regards

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BobClay

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Mon, 1 October 12 05:49

Thanks SV. Second video took about the same time I took this picture, although I think they'd pulled her into the river bank when I was passing. Kind of sad to see.

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BobClay

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Mon, 1 October 12 06:02

Also found this, which really is rather sad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwhMN...eature=related

Believe this was when she was off Fremington, before she floated out.

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