Tamar barge

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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 and Frederick Hawke of Stonehouse, Plymouth.

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]

Surviving Tamar barges[edit]

Morwellham, restored Tamar sailing barge Lynher

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Calstock Online Parish Clerk River Tamar Travel
  2. ^ Shamrock at Cotehele
  3. ^ "Saving Shamrock". National Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ National Historic Ships UK

Further reading[edit]

  • "Meet Shaune Blight" National Trust Magazine; summer 2019, p. 82 ("Shamrock, the last working ketch-rigged Tamar sailing barge to be built ... [he] is responsible for keeping the 120-year-old boat afloat")

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