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Wreck of old tug appears in Mount's Bay near Penzance after storms

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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Wreck - photo posted by Claude Smith

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A WRECK said to have sunk in the 1950s has surfaced in Mount’s Bay after the recent storms struck Cornwall.

Claude Smith posted a photo of the vessel on Facebook this week, which captures the damaged hull of a tugboat stuck in the sand near Penzance.

Mr Smith, who on his page on the social media website says he is a resident of the town, explains the boat was part of the salvage team tasked with dismantling the HMS Warspite, a well-used battleship that in 1947 encountered problems near the mount before running aground in Prussia Cove.

Mr Smith posted that the sunken tug currently visible in the bay occasionally surfaces after severe storms and went down in 1952.

“This is the trawler Barnet, part of the salvage team of vessels - she was holed overnight while tied up overnight alongside the battleship Warspite - tug Freebooter came to assist but could not stop the invasion of water,” he said online.

Mr Smith also noted the “flat profile” of the vessel resembles historic boats of centuries past.

He said the “arrangement and construction of ribs and keel show an amazing likeness to those of the Celtic trading ship from c.200 AD found at St Peter Port a few years back.

“It shows that not a lot has changed in 2000 years.”

The photo has sparked the interest of a number of people since it was posted.

“This is an amazing picture. Quite spooky really,” Frances Rees commented.

While Rachel Andy Carr said: “This old wooden crocodile appears a few times every year after a good storm” - before suggesting a whale might also have been buried in the bay in the late 1980s.

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  • cweatherhill  |  January 10 2014, 9:20PM

    You can always rely on the good ole Cornishman to mess up a simple report, Claude!

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  • claude22  |  January 10 2014, 9:00PM

    I did not say that i came from Penzance nor did I say the wreck was a tug,the quote about the St Peter Port Ship was given to me by Mr C Weatherhill.

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  • cweatherhill  |  January 10 2014, 10:39AM

    The quotes about the St Peter Port ship were actually mine.

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