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Loch Fleet Boat Graveyard (13573)

Current Priority
2
East
279760
North
894968
Site Type
Maritime Craft (Boat Graveyard)
Period
19th-20th Century

Loch Fleet boat graveyard, consisting of a group of 17 wooden fishing vessels. Of the remains, 6 boats have been identified as Zulu sailing drifters, 9 further wooden fishing boats are probably Zulus but can't be definitively identified as such, and a spread of remains likely represents at least one further vessel. Visible remains on the shore include keels/keelsons, stem posts, frames, floors, planking, stern posts, rudders, mast steps and and a capstan, some vessels are associated with ballast mounds.

Historical research indicates that these are the remains of the fishing fleet from the village of Embo, which used the south shore of Loch Fleet as a winter haven. The larger boats were probably engaged in the herring fishing, and were abandoned in the early years of the 20th century as the sailing drifters became obsolete and reached the end of their economically viable working lives, while the smaller vessels may have been involved in smaller-scale white fishing, and continued in use until the 1930/40s.

This record covers the entire boat graveyard which extends over an area of c.200m by 80m on the shore, centred on these coordinates. See individual site records for specific locations of individual boats.

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Other records:

NMRS
351616
SMR
MHG29229

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25th May, 2017 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 25, 2017
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Description:

Loch Fleet boat graveyard, consisting of a group of 17 wooden fishing vessels. Of the remains, 6 boats have been identified as Zulu sailing drifters, 9 further wooden fishing boats are probably Zulus but can't be definitively identified as such, and a spread of remains likely represents at least one further vessel. Visible remains on the shore include keels/keelsons, stem posts, frames, floors, planking, stern posts, rudders, mast steps and and a capstan, some vessels are associated with ballast mounds.

Historical research indicates that these are the remains of the fishing fleet from the village of Embo, which used the south shore of Loch Fleet as a winter haven. The larger boats were probably engaged in the herring fishing, and were abandoned in the early years of the 20th century as the sailing drifters became obsolete and reached the end of their economically viable working lives, while the smaller vessels may have been involved in smaller-scale white fishing, and continued in use until the 1930/40s.

This record covers the entire boat graveyard which extends over an area of c.200m by 80m on the shore, centred on these coordinates. See individual site records for specific locations of individual boats.

Management Information
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Assign priority 2 on basis of rarity of Zulu fishing boats and vulnerability of wooden boats in intertidal zone to deterioration and decay. Surveyed and recorded as part of ShoreDIG project.