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Shamrock berthed at Cotehele Quay, on the Cotehele Estate in Cornwall
Shamrock berthed at Cotehele Quay, on the Cotehele Estate in Cornwall

A Tamar barge is a masted sailing vessel, designed for carrying cargo along the River Tamar[1] and the south coast of Cornwall.

The Tamar barge can be either a single or double masted vessel. It can carry up to 32 tonnes. Tamar barges were manufactured in the 19th century in the Tamar Valley by boatbuilders such as James Goss of Calstock, Frederick Hawke of Stonehouse, Plymouth and David Banks of Queen Anne’s Battery in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth.[citation needed]

There are only two surviving Tamar barges, both have been almost completely restored. Normally one, Shamrock, is open to visitors at Cotehele Quay[2] and the other, Lynher, is privately owned and moored at Cremyll.

Shamrock is currently undergoing extensive repairs due to lack of maintenance which had led to mould and rot spreading throughout the timbers. The National Trust has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the repairs to the historic vessel.[3]

List of known Tamar Barges

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2021)
Vessel Image Length Sail Plan Builder Date Place Fate Ref
Annie 55.7 ft Cutter Frederick Hawke 1899 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Abandoned at Hooe Lake [4]
Bertie 46.2 ft Sloop David Banks and Co. 1883 Queen Annes Battery,
Plymouth
Abandoned in 1928 at Hooe Lake [5]
Commerce Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
Edith
Tamar Barge Edith.png
54.9 ft Cutter Unknown c1890 Unknown Unknown [6]
Edward & Sarah Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [7]
Edwin 55.1 ft Unknown Richard Hill & Sons 1880 Cattedown,
Plymouth
Abandoned in 1924, partly broken up, at Pomphlett Creek [8]
Elizabeth Jane Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Abandoned at Antony Passage [9]
Flora May
Tamar Barge Flora May.jpg
51.2 ft Cutter James Goss 1897 Calstock,
Devon
Operated between Danescombe Quay and Plymouth
Later abandoned
[10]
Gwendoline Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Kathleen Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [12]
Lillie 55 ft Sloop James Goss 1899 Calstock,
Devon
Unknown [13]
Little Industry 40 ft Sloop Unknown c1880 Falmouth Unknown [14]
Lynher
Lynher at Danescombe Quay.jpg
51.2 ft Cutter James Goss 1896 Calstock,
Devon
Abandoned in the 1950’s at Poldrissick Quay
Restored in 1999 by Charlie Force
Currently Operational
[15]
Martin Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
Mayblossom Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Myrtle
Myrtle at Danescombe Quay.jpg
50 ft Sloop Robert May 1896 Danescombe Quay,
Calstock
Bomded by the Luftwaffe during the Plymouth Blitz, sank in the Hamoaze, next to Devonport Naval Base. [16][11]
Pearl 52 ft Cutter Frederick Hawke 1896 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Abandoned at Hooe Lake [17]
Phoenix 51.9 ft Cutter Frederick Hawke 1900 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Unknown [18]
Reaper Unknown Unknown Frederick Hawke c1900 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Unknown [19]
Shamrock
Cotehele Quay - geograph.org.uk - 978374.jpg
57.5 ft Ketch Frederick Hawke 1899 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Abandoned in the 1960’s at Hooe Lake
Restored in 1975 by the National Trust
Currently a Floating Museum
[20]
Secret Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Sirdar
Tamar Barge Sirdar.jpg
Unknown Cutter Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
Triumph 56.5 ft Cutter Frederick Hawke 1898 Stonehouse,
Plymouth
Used in WWII, later abandoned at Poldrissick Quay [21]

Surviving Tamar barges

See also

References

  1. ^ Calstock Online Parish Clerk River Tamar Travel
  2. ^ Shamrock at Cotehele
  3. ^ "Saving Shamrock". National Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ Hooe Mystery Ships
  5. ^ Tamar Barge Bertie
  6. ^ a b c d The Upper Tamar Valley a Century Ago (1982) R.T.Paige, page 40
  7. ^ The Tamar Valley and Its Poeple (1984) R.T.Paige
  8. ^ Tamar Barge Edwin
  9. ^ Tamar Barge Elizabeth Jane
  10. ^ Tamar Barge Flora May
  11. ^ a b c d The Upper Tamar Valley a Century Ago (1982) R.T.Paige, page 44
  12. ^ Calstock Parish Archives
  13. ^ Tamar Barge Lillie
  14. ^ Tamar Barge Little Industry
  15. ^ Tamar Barge Lynher
  16. ^ Cotehele Quay Heritage Centre
  17. ^ Tamar Barge Pearl
  18. ^ Tamar Barge Phoenix
  19. ^ Tamar Barge Reaper
  20. ^ Tamar Barge Shamrock
  21. ^ Tamar Barge Triumph
  22. ^ National Historic Ships UK

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