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HMS Widemouth Bay
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A “Bay” class Royal Navy frigate, built by Harland & Wolff at Belfast in 1944, she sailed in July 1945, arriving in the Far East just after the Japanese surrender. She was sold for scrap in...

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HMS Kilkhampton
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HMS Kilkhampton

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HMS Kilkhampton, a Royal Navy patrol vessel; built by Pullman Standard Car in Chicago, USA in 1943, she was returned to the US Navy in 1946 as part of the lease/lend...

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HMS Bude – minesweeper
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A Bangor class minesweeper, number J116, HMS Bude was launched in September 1940 at Lobnitz’s yard on the Clyde. She carried out minesweeping duties around the UK coast until transferring to the Mediterranean in November 1941 then, in the latter half of 1943 assisted with the clearance of entries to Sicily and southern Italy – serving at Salerno and Anzio – when that area...

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Hekla
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Hekla

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Another view of the yacht Hekla, alongside in the lower basin of the canal, with the old trade buildings of the wharf behind...

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Hawk
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Hawk

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A painting of the Hawk, first rigged as a schooner and later as a ketch. She was built in Appledore in 1860 and was owned by Hooper & Hockin of Bude; she was wrecked at Bude in 1897 whilst carrying scrap iron from Bude to...

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H F Bolt
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H F Bolt

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Built in 1876 in Bideford, the H F Bolt started life in the saltfish trade in Newfoundland. She was later owned in Appledore, where she broke up in 1945, her hulk still lies on the shore there. She was the last ketch to trade without an...

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Fusee II
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Fusee II

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The Swansea tug Fusee II broke down in Barnstaple Bay in 1969; she drifted towards Bude before, eventually, beaching on Summerleaze beach. She was salvaged and refloated by Peter Herbert and brought into the...

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Friendship and Boconnoc
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Two ships moored in Bude harbour, the ketch Friendship and the smack Boconnoc, seen by Chapel Rock in 1896. The Friendship was built in Watchet in 1837, locally owned by Davey of Bude; the Boconnoc was built in Fowey in 1836, she was owned by J George of...

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Fire Flash
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Fire Flash

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The yacht Fire Flash was owned by the Fry family of Bristol, famous as makers of chocolate, who would spend their summers at Hartland House – now the Hartland Hotel – in the 1920’s and 30’s, locking their boat into the canal whilst they...

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Clara May
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Clara May

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Owned by J B Cornish of Bude, the ketch Clara May was built in Millbay Docks in Plymouth in 1891. She traded until 1953, when she was broken up at...

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