Latitude 50° 21.385 N
Longitude 004° 6.384 W
Depth Foreshore
Accuracy 5m
Location Description Hooe lake, Oreston
Craft type Trawler
Date built 1947
Year of loss 1980?
Manner of loss Burnt
Outcome Abandoned
Construction Wood
Propulsion Diesel
Nationality Belgian
Hull length 60.5ft OA, 51.5ft BP
Hull beam 17.4ft
Hull displacement 27.23 tonnes
Armament None
Built Nieuport, Belgium
Master ?
Owners ?


The Roger was a houseboat laid up under the trees on the eastern shore of Hooe lake near Oreston in Plymouth. Built in Nieuport in Belgium in 1947 as a motor trawler, the Roger was sold to Brixham in 1966 fishing under the portmark BM172. The Roger was de-registered and sold to a Plymouth fisherman in May 1974 and then sold on to a yachtsman who had extra fuel tanks added at Mashfords yard up the Tamar. The vessel was sold again and became a houseboat in Hooe Lake (2) and was used as such in 1993, but was later destroyed by fire.

The remains of the Roger lie in Hooe lake between high and low water and are covered and uncovered with the tides. The fire destroyed the upperworks but left the keel, lower frames and outer planking with more of the starboard side surviving as the vessel lies on its port side. The counter stern has fallen off and its remains lie in a number of pieces around the stern along with the remains of the rudder. The stem post has broken off and the upper part lies on the port side of the hull.

The site has been used for many years by the Nautical Archaeology Societyas a place for training maritime archaeologists in methods for recording ships both on the beach and underwater. The site is also used by 3H Consulting Ltd. for developing hull recording methods for maritime archaeology and as part of this work a 3D computer model of the remains of the hull have been created.

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Hooe Roger 1

The only known photograph of the Roger afloat

Hooe Lake Roger 2

The burnt out remains of the Roger in Hooe Lake

Hooe Lake Roger 3

Nautical Archaeology Society survey training on the Roger

Hooe Lake Roger 4

An image taken from SHIPS Project GIS of Hooe Lake showing the Roger

Hooe Lake Roger 5

Part of the detailed survey of the remains of the hull