Hooe lake off the tidal River Plym was also known formerly and with good reason as dolphin lake.
Form here, gunpowder was produced for the fleet and for mining in days gone by.
Also much of the stone for Plymouth Breakwater came from Hooe lake, transported on sailing barges specially adapted for roll on roll off wagons loaded with stone for dumping at sea.
More recently the lake became a dumping ground for local small ships, tugs, Tamar sailing barges and various fishing boats including a Scottish “Zulu” and a French “Tuna” boat, MTB’s and other derelict craft.
The old frames of the Tamar river sailing barge “Alfred” can still be seen there today.
Near the artist’s garden, Gordon Frickers spent 2 weeks working around the lake, during a cold February in full polar suite recording some of these old craft before the council had them and the old railway bridge demolished on the alleged grounds they were a health hazard.
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