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CRETEHILL and CRETABODE
The Concrete Barges at each end of Cornwall.
Looking over the roofs on to Newlyn Harbour, 1936.
The buildings erected on the “hulk” can be seen;
a crane was set on the stern of the CRETEHILL.
At Newlyn, near Penzance
as PD 19
Ferroconcrete dumb barge.
Launched 27th November 1918
Yard No 3
Scottish Concrete Ship Co., Ltd. Greenock
Completed 8th May 1919 as CRETEHILL
For The Shipping Controller, London, U.K
178ft x 31ft x 19ft
Port of Registry : London.
1921 Transferred to Board of Trade , London, Pof R London .
1922 Crete Shipping Co., Ltd., ( Stelp & Leighton Ltd ., managers) London.
1928 Sherwood Hunter Ltd., Newlyn.
Used by J H Bennetts, coal merchants, to supply steam trawlers, mostly from Lowestoft.
1940/2 Bombed by Luftwaffe; claimed as a cruiser having been sunk.
During the period 1940-1942,
867 bombs were dropped on the Penzance area,
with 16 people killed, 115 people injured,
48 buildings destroyed,
157 buildings seriously damaged
and 3,752 buildings damaged.
One of these raids included the attack on Newlyn harbour. The CRETEHILL had a large hole in her side, local children used to row their small boats in through the hole. She was known locally, simply as “the hulk”.
1949 15th March, declared “surplus to requirements”. The hull was filled with flotation bags and CRETEHILL was towed out and sunk off Newlyn harbour. The anchor is still in the harbour off the end of the William and Mary Pier.
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