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Mystery surrounds Chasewater ‘shipwreck’

The Chasewater boat. Pic: Lichfield District Council

The Chasewater boat. Pic: Lichfield District Council

The discovery of an old rowing boat on the now uncovered bed at Chasewater has opened up a mystery.

The ‘shipwreck’ was discovered while the reservoir was being drained ready for repair work to begin on the dam.

And following an appeal on a blog set up to record what has been happening with the repairs, a number of suggestions have been made about how the boat got there.

A spokesperson for Lichfield District Council wrote on the blog:

“We’re not sure how it sank, or ended up at the bottom of Chasewater Reservoir, which is why we’re asking visitors to the park if they remember seeing any boats of this sort on the reservoir.”

Some suggestions have included that it was a former sea cadet vessel, while others have suggested it was once owned by a family who had shooting rights on the water.

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  1. Steve

    24th March, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Looks to me like a boat used for fishing. I wonder what else will be found in Chasewater.

  2. Freddy

    24th March, 2010 at 6:42 pm


  3. Streethay Swampy

    25th March, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Supermarket trollies?

  4. Foxy

    25th March, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve heard there is an old car in there.. a Mini. It went through the ice. The Bodies are still in it.

  5. Max

    25th March, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    There used to be a boat like that there in the 60s moored by the steps across from the pier.I think it was used for trips around Chasewater.?

  6. Frazzle

    29th March, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    i wentthe other day and theres some bones along the beach oo big for even the biggest of bones seems a bit dodjy to me and i saw that boat looks victorian to me and where did the car fall through the ice was it in the middle?