What was a three-masted schooner doing on Southsea lake?

Park Parade, Leigh Park, in the early 1950s
Park Parade, Leigh Park, in the early 1950s
The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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Two further pictures today from Ralph Cousins’s excellent booklet entitled A History of Leigh Park and the Hamlet of Leigh.

In the picture above we see some of the earliest shops in Park Parade in the 1950s.

The long-gone bank and shoe shop

The long-gone bank and shoe shop

The author’s 14hp Wolseley car is on the left.

Below, we see the long-gone branch of Lloyds Bank and Corbins shoe shop.

The booklet costs £3 and can be bought direct from Ralph by calling him on (023) 9248 4024.

And the final picture is rather a strange sight, a three-masted schooner berthed on Canoe Lake, Southsea.

The three-masted schooner on Canoe Lake

The three-masted schooner on Canoe Lake

This smaller version of the real thing must have been around in the early part of the last century but if anyone knows anything about itplease let me know.