This Information Board (erected in 2007) is close to the Mercury plinth near the old school slipway. In 1988 Hampshire County Council designated the reed beds along the water’s edge as a nature reserve and it was named ‘Mercury Marshes’. More recently it as become a Site of Special Scientific Interest. According to local historians, down river, just above Port Hamble, are the hulks of two nineteenth century fishing boats named Flash and Fortuna that, for many years, were once moored alongside the Mercury Pier serving as the school’s hospital and fever ships. These have been part of a recent maritime archaeological study of the historic wrecks in the Hamble River (The Mercury Magazine, 2008).