The radio source 3C205 is identified with a quasar of redshift 1.53, and is, at first glance, a standard, powerful double radio source with hotspots. Upon closer examination (MERLIN, VLA A-array), the southern lobe is seen to consist of two distinct hotspots plus some more diffuse emission, some 50 kiloparsecs from the quasar (Ho ∼ 75). The arcsecond-scale morphology and polarization structure of this hotspot complex strongly suggests that the larger and weaker off-axis secondary hotspot has been formed by outflow of material from the more compact primary hotspot (Lonsdale and Barthel 1984,6). This interpretation implies a collision between the presumed energy supply beam and something capable of deflecting the flow energy towards the secondary. Because the flow is so energetic, this obstacle would have to be both massive and dense. The main constraint on the density of the obstacle comes from measurements of the internal energy density of the compact primary hotspot coupled with model-dependent estimates for the maximum advance velocity of this feature, thus yielding a balance with the ram-pressure exerted by the obstacle medium.