Sunday, December 16, 2012

"The Hulks" by John Campbell

They say, "Necessity is the mother of invention."  When the paper mill was founded at the mouth of the Powell River, there was no protected harbour or anchorage. Over the years, a variety of methods were tried to protect the logs and barges needed in the paper making and distribution process.

After World War II, the current solution was implemented.  A series of retired concrete ships and barges were brought in and anchored off shore in a protective arc around the mill.  These ships are lovingly called The Hulks.

Each ship is anchored in place with enough draft and height to break the wind and waves during heavy storms.

You can read more about this unique breakwater in The Hulks: The Breakwater Ships of Powell River by John Campbell available through the Powell River Historical Museum. -- Margy


  1. We have something similar around here with old Thames barges (ferro cement ones). Don't they look sad though, all neglected after a useful working life xxx

  2. Thanks for clarifying why they are there.


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