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The Purton Hulks lie on the banks of the
Severn River in Gloucestershire. Old hulks -
mostly barges and lighters, but including the
odd schooner and ferry boat - have been
driven ashore here for over 100 years to
help protect the local canal bank from
erosion. The site receives no official
protection against the ravages of time or the
main predator, man, so all the remains are
gradually sinking into the mud. What's there
now is often resting on other remains beneath. That's entropy, I suppose. This shot
gives a flavour of what's there, although most of the hulks, from what I've seen, are not
as striking as this.
The day I visited followed days of heavy rain, and the site was a quagmire of mud and
slippery grass, with little incentive to venture much beyond the first few hulks. Among
all the colliers and concrete barges was this hulk, clearly a more substantial vessel than
many others here, but whose details I failed to make note of from the local
information. It would make an interesting project to go back at night with a generator
and some decent lamps and shoot these eerie shapes against a night sky...
The Purton Hulks lie on the banks of the Severn River in Gloucestershire. Old hulks -
mostly barges and lighters, but including the odd schooner and ferry boat - have been
driven ashore here for over 100 years to help protect the local canal bank from
erosion. The site receives no official protection against the ravages of time or the main
predator, man, so all the remains are gradually sinking into the mud. What's there
now is often resting on other remains beneath. That's entropy, I suppose. This shot
gives a flavour of what's there, although most of the hulks, from what I've seen, are not
as striking as this.
The day I visited followed days of heavy rain, and the site was a quagmire of mud and
slippery grass, with little incentive to venture much beyond the first few hulks. Among
all the colliers and concrete barges was this hulk, clearly a more substantial vessel than
many others here, but whose details I failed to make note of from the local
information. It would make an interesting project to go back at night with a generator
and some decent lamps and shoot these eerie shapes against a night sky...
The Purton Hulks lie on the banks of the
Severn River in Gloucestershire. Old hulks -
mostly barges and lighters, but including the
odd schooner and ferry boat - have been
driven ashore here for over 100 years to
help protect the local canal bank from
erosion. The site receives no official
protection against the ravages of time or the
main predator, man, so all the remains are
gradually sinking into the mud. What's there
now is often resting on other remains beneath. That's entropy, I suppose. This shot
gives a flavour of what's there, although most of the hulks, from what I've seen, are not
as striking as this.
The day I visited followed days of heavy rain, and the site was a quagmire of mud and
slippery grass, with little incentive to venture much beyond the first few hulks. Among
all the colliers and concrete barges was this hulk, clearly a more substantial vessel than
many others here, but whose details I failed to make note of from the local
information. It would make an interesting project to go back at night with a generator
and some decent lamps and shoot these eerie shapes against a night sky...

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The Purton Hulks lie on the banks of the Severn River in Gloucestershire. Old hulks - mostly barges and lighters, but including the odd schooner and ferry boat - have been driven ashore here for over 100 years to help protect the local canal bank from erosion.  The site receives no official protection against the ravages of time or the main predator, man, so all the remains are gradually sinking into the mud.  What's there now is often resting on other remains beneath.  That's entropy, I suppose. This shot gives a flavour of what's there, although most of the hulks, from what I've seen, are not as striking as this.

The day I visited followed days of heavy rain, and the site was a quagmire of mud and slippery grass, with little incentive to venture much beyond the first few hulks. Among all the colliers and concrete barges was this hulk, clearly a more substantial vessel than many others here, but whose details I failed to make note of from the local information. It would make an interesting project to go back at night with a generator and some decent lamps and shoot these eerie shapes against a night sky...
Purton hulk
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