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Boat wreckage revealed by low tide at Shotley Pier

PUBLISHED: 21:54 08 August 2020 | UPDATED: 20:56 09 August 2020

Sally Chicken took this picture of the wreckage of a boat against Shotley Pier

Sally Chicken took this picture of the wreckage of a boat against Shotley Pier

SALLY CHICKEN

The tide reveals many things - and on this occasion it was this this wreck at Shotley Pier.

Volunteers raising money for the restoration of the historic railway pier spotted this fiberglass boat this morning at low tide.

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Sally Chicken, one of the volunteers who took this photograph, said: “We were setting up our food truck called Pierside Snacks - we serve bacon butties to anyone who wants breakfast down there - and I thought ‘that’s odd, there’s something sticking out from under the pier’.”

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She believes the boat, whose name wasn’t visible, had previously been stuck in mud at Erwarton marshes and perhaps some kids got it afloat.

She said her group, the Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society Ltd, have permission from the Harwich Haven Authority to dispose of the vessel.

“We cannot leave it there. It will damage the pier as the tide goes up and down,” she said.

Sales from the snack truck go towards funding the restoration work at the 122-year-old Shotley Railway Pier.

The first stage of renovations are nearly complete before work moves onto the railings.


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