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Old 08-07-2011, 11:21
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Default Gloucester Docks

Once a busy area booming from the 1850s Gloucester Docks saw regular sailing ship traffic coming via the canal from rthe U.S.Euirope ,The Black Sea etc bringing corn,timber ,fruits,spirits etc in and taking emigrants and various exports out.Later as Steamers came in oil/petrol was carried up the canal from Avonmouth by tanker. .Various cargoes were reloaded onto horse drawn barges for onward deliveries by canal to upper England.

What had begun in 1827 as the main basin for the Terminus of the Ship Canal with entrance from the Severn Estuary declined in the 20th century when the newer much larger vessels were unable to navigate the canal and hove to in Bristol.Thereafter only some coasters followed by Pleasure boats used the docks but a dry dock is now maintained for sailing ships.

.Recent years have seen a rejuvenation of the area for visitors/tourism with
The Gloucester Tall Ships Festival taking place this August 27th-28th weekend when visiting vessels will include the Three-master Schooner "Kathleen May" (1900),The "Irene" (1907), The Cornish Lugger "White Heath" and the 1929 Schooner "Phoenix" often converted and used in films and TV as The "Santa Maria and as other ships in "Hornblower" "Moll Flanders"."Frenchmans Creek" etc.

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Old 08-07-2011, 13:38
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Default Re: Gloucester Docks

I went to the Gloucester Docks some years ago and very much enjoyed it, the seamen's church is lovely and my friend and I had a bonus in that there was a tall ship tied up and taking on stores.

She was the Maria Assumpta, and for some reason it struck particularly hard that she went down only four days later. I always wondered if any of the people we saw aboard was one of the three who died.

The PHOENIX mentioned above is very often to be seen alongside in Charlestown near Truro.
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