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'Jonadab' The wandering Severn Trow.



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This rare and stunning photograph shows a fleet of Severn Trows sailing into a patch of sunlit water after a storm.


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'Jonadab' The wandering Severn Trow.

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Jonadab - The wandering Severn Trow.
Jonadab was built at Newport, South Wales in 1848 and spent over a century trading on the River Severn and the Bristol Channel. In 1949 she was unrigged and motorised and served for another decade as a motor barge. 
In 1959 her working life came to an end and she was beached on the Severn foreshore at Lydney. Sometime in the mid 1970s the wreck of the Jonadab was refloated from the mud by a spring tide. She drifted, crewless across the Severn estuary until grounding again on the opposite shore, blocking the entrance to Sharpness docks. 
The port authorities towed her back to Lydney and beached her for the second time. This time she was left higher on the foreshore and it is thought her hull was holed at this time to prevent her from refloating. All this work was in vain however, as the Jonadab, her wanderlust unabated, disappeared from Lydney once more during a storm a few years later. This time nothing more was seen of her. 
During the early 1990s the upturned hull of a wooden vessel became visible at low tide on the Ridge sandbank, although it was inacessible and therefore unidentifiable. It later broke up and disappeared. Then in March 2004 the stern section of the wreck suddenly appeared on the shore at Purton. From the remains of her propeller fittings she was identified as the Jonadab by Marine Historian Paul Barnett of The Friends of Purton. Jonadab had finally completed her second unmanned crossing of the Severn, and what better place to end up than in the company of her sister trows in the boat Graveyard at Purton?

Text courtesy of the Friends of Purton



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