How’s that for a dramatic title! A few weeks ago we had a lovely Sunday dinner appointment at the home of the Langmeads, dear friends, and the Primary president and Ward Clerk. After we ate, we decided to “work it off” with a nice Sunday walk. They live near the large Severn River, which empties into the Bristol Channel then into the ocean. We drove to the shore at Purton, a cute little village by the Sharpness Canal, which for some distance runs parallel to the Severn River. The erosion of the sides of the river was threatening the canal, so a solution was found–run all the old abandoned ships into the shore, forming a ship’s graveyard, but also protecting the canal!
We also learned about the nearby 1960 disaster when, during a thick foggy night, two ships ran into the bridge that spanned the river, killing five and destroying the bridge.