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River Gravel Barge built 1926 by Harris, P K & Sons Ltd, Appledore

Designated ensign Designated house flag

105

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


River Gravel Barge

Bideford


None

Unknown


No

No


07/02/1996

11/12/2009


Web site

www.therollecanal,co,uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Inboard


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

15.18 feet (4.63 metres)


48.07 feet (14.66 metres)

4.00 feet (1.22 metres)


20.00


History

ADVANCE was built in 1926 by P K Harris & Sons of Appledore for the builders merchants Devon Trading Co. to load and transport gravel and sand from the sand bars at the mouth of the Tow and Torridge Estuary to the merchants' yards in Bideford and Barnstaple. ADVANCE was originally designed as a gaff sloop, but was never rigged. Her hull is carvel built of oak frames with pine planking. The original engine was a Widdop semi diesel 15bhp, installed with a grab crane during construction. The crane was removed in the 1950s and a motor elevator was fitted instead which was loaded by hand. Her present owner states that she is one of two remaining wooden gravel barges still afloat in the Tow & Torridge Estuary. Gravel dredging was prohibited in 1998.

Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp134) pub: Anthony Nelson
M and Small, E Langley, Lost Ships of the West Country (1988) pub: Stanford Maritime

Subsequent developments

December 2009 ADVANCE is now the last remaining wooden gravel barge in the Taw and Torridge estuary.She is now in the entrance basin of the Rolle Canal only reached during high spring tides. The lock gates for the basin will be replaced in 2010. Source: current owner.

Key dates

  1. 1926 Built by P K Harris & Sons of Appledore as a river gravel barge
  2. 2009

    Now in Sea Lock Basin, Rolle Canal near Bideford

Bibliography

  1. 1988 Lost Ships of the West Country - Langley, M and Small, E
  2. 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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