We recently went on a wonderful photography adventure to Purton Hulks in Gloucester (GL13 9HU). It was a beautiful crisp winter’s day and we had a muddy but delightful walk along the Severn Estuary, snapping away at the sunken barges beached on the shore.
There are roughly 80 barges and ships, making Purton Hulks the largest ship graveyard in Britain. For over 100 years the vessels were purposely beached, to shore up the Sharpness Canal against erosion from tidal flow of the River Severn, this continued until 60 odd years ago.
The site is protected and preserved by Friends of Purton. The ships / barges are mostly made of concrete, steel or wood, they are fascinating and the way nature has ravaged them gives the barges stunning mossy or rusty exteriors.
Here are some photos I took along the way that I’m particularly pleased with;