Final Resting Place – the Purton Ships Graveyard

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in Featured, History, Tourism

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The Purton Ships Graveyard on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire at Purton. For many years vessels were sunk into the banks of the Severn to provide protection against erosion for the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal.

At the site is a memorial to the five sailors who died in the 1960 Severn Rail Bridge Disaster when two barges collided in the river in thick fog, causing sufficient damage to the rail bridge that it was eventually demolished. The remains of the ill-fated boats can be seen at low tide.

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