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Appledore Devon a port and shipbuilding town where the Two Rivers Meet -the Taw and Torridge.
A hundred years ago or more Appledore had several boat and ship repair yards building and maintaining wooden schooners, ketches and barques. Many of which , particularly the trading smacks, plied the Bristol Channel Ports and the North Devon Coast. Others sailed further afield for example across the Atlantic to Newfoundland and the Cod. Goods would be discharged from the larger vessels moored in the deep water channel onto barges to the Quays. Appledore was and still is a busy port with vessels unloading cargoes of timber and South Wales coal and latterly loading ball clay and discharging fertiliser. Nowadays the Covered Shipyard, the largest in Europe at its time of construction, builds large ocean going steel hulled vessels such as the one seen in the photograph.
A few trawlers based in Appledore still manage to earn living from the sea. Though you are more likely to see a visiting yacht moored alongside the most picturesque Quay. Immediately behind which are a maze of narrow alleys , old fishermen's and boatmen's cottages. White washed and decked with flowers in summer. A selection of galleries, craft shops and places to eat, many specialising in seafood.
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