It was of great interest that I read the article ‘The Curious Case of the Cretehawser and other Concrete Creations’ in the February 2014 edition of Sea Breezes.
When I was a boy in Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, in the late 1940s / early 1950s, there was a concrete vessel known as the Creteground that was permanently moored in the harbour and served as a coal hulk to supply coal for the several steam herring drifters still fishing at that time.
As far as I can ascertain, she arrived in 1924 and when no longer required as a coal hulk she was used by the motor drifters for the cutchin of their nets. This, as far as I know, was a method of preserving the cotton nets by soaking in some sort of bark tanning solution and then spreading them out to dry. In 1956 I recall watching her being towed away to Iceland, where I understand she was beached to form the basis of a quay.
I do not have a good photo of her, but she can be seen here to the right of the new Earl of Zetland arriving in Lerwick for the first time in 1939. It would be interesting to know where she ended up and if she still exists.
31 Fogralea, Lerwick
Shetland, ZE1 0SE