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Preserving the Purton hulks

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Mark Cummings | 05:16 UK time, Wednesday, 22 September 2010

It's described as one of the country's most important sites of maritime history and after more than a decade of campaigning, the Purton Hulks on the banks of the River Severn, have finally been adopted by British Waterways.

Over the last 100 years around eighty boats have been abandoned on the river banks to act as a defence wall against erosion.

But recently the site has been the victim of vandals and because the site hasn't had a formal owner there's been no-one to take responsibility.

Now British Waterways is taking it over.

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