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34°50′30″S 138°30′31″E / 34.841633°S 138.508736°E / -34.841633; 138.508736

The Garlandstone docked at Morwellham Quay in 2005.
United Kingdom
BuilderJames Goss
Laid down1903
Launched27 January 1909
General characteristics
Class and typeWest Country Ketch
Tonnage76 NRT
  • LOA 100 ft (30.48 m)
  • LWL 76 ft (23.16 m)
Beam20.2 ft (6.16 m)
Depth8.98 ft (2.74 m)

The Garlandstone is a gaff-rigged sailing Tamar Ketch, built in Calstock in Cornwall, England, and launched on 27 January 1909.[1] It was built by James Goss on speculation at the foot of Calstock Viaduct. She was designed for transporting goods between Great Britain and Ireland.

Commercial activity


She was designed for transporting goods between Great Britain and Ireland, via the Celtic Sea and rivers of the South West England, in particular the River Tamar and the River Severn. She also regularly sailed between Lisbon and Calstock, notably supplying fresh fruit to the townspeople.[2]

During the Great War she took an active part ferrying munitions across the Irish Sea.[3]



In 1961 the vessel fell out of use and was donated to the National Maritime Museum in Wales. She remained along the quayside wall at Porthmadog, in North Wales until she was finally towed back to the river of her origin, the River Tamar.



Restoration work began in 1990 funded by the National Heritage Lottery. In 1996 the ship was registered as a ship of the National Historic Fleet. The restoration was completed at Morwellham Quay in 2000 and she was recommissioned.[4] Since then the ship has been used as a static museum at Morwellham and due to lack of use has fallen into a state of disrepair. In late 2010, there was a public appeal for the restoration of the ship, but no restoration took place.[5]


See also



  1. ^ "Garlandstone". National Historic Fleet.
  2. ^ Basil Greenhill (1982). Garlandstone. National Museums and Galleries of Wales.
  3. ^ "Garlandstone". National Historic Ships of the First World War.
  4. ^ "The Garlandstone". Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Fight on to preserve the Garlandstone". 2010.