Purton, the Ship Graveyard

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!

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Phil and Yvonne Langmead, Elder Pailate and Elder Tupou

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Low-tide Severn River in the background

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“The Final Resting Place” monument, with list of ships

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One of the many plaques placed near the individual ships

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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.

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Nearby Sharpness Canal

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Purton Church. Lovely Sabbath day walk!   Cheerio!

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