Guided tour through shipwrecks in Gosport

Some of the boat remains at Forton Lake, Gosport. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-2)

Some of the boat remains at Forton Lake, Gosport. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-2)

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UNDERWATER history was explored when archaeologists guided visitors through the unknown shipwrecks of the past.

As part of the Heritage Open Days scheme, visitors were shown the abandoned husks of ships left in Forton Lake, Gosport.

12/9/14  ''Heritage Open day tour of Forton Lake in Gosport where there a lots of boat remains''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-1) PPP-141209-114208001

12/9/14 ''Heritage Open day tour of Forton Lake in Gosport where there a lots of boat remains''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-1) PPP-141209-114208001

Members of the Nautical Archaeological Society explained where the ships came from, some of which were used during the Second World War.

Mark Beattie-Edwards, program director of NAS, said: ‘This is an opportunity for residents to explore the local area which they haven’t done before.

‘Heritage is on their doorsteps. They only have to walk out their house to engage with it if someone is willing to show them.”

Jack Poole, 88, worked in the shipyards in 1940 and had built some of the types of ships seen wrecked in the lake.

12/9/14  ''Heritage Open day tour of Forton Lake in Gosport where there a lots of boat remains''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-4) PPP-141209-114240001

12/9/14 ''Heritage Open day tour of Forton Lake in Gosport where there a lots of boat remains''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142643-4) PPP-141209-114240001

Mr Poole, from Gosport, said the ships they built sailed all over the world: ‘It was a hell of busy place back then.’

For more information on the Heritage Open Days scheme visit heritageopendays.org.uk.

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