Friday, 28 June 2013

Welcome Mat

After last week's comment about Shamrock needing a welcome mat one has now appeared! Thanks Barry.

Other Happenings.

On Wednesday the fire pump was dragged from the boat shed, positioned at the bottom of the boat shed slipway and then put into use washing the mud from Shamrock's dock and slipway. This also had the bonus of supplying entertainment for the visitors. 

The slipway needs to be cleared of mud on a regular basis and this week was chosen as it will be needed during this weekend's (29th & 30th June) planned 'wet wet weekend' events.
Nancy Belle was also checked over in preparation for her role as safety boat for the 'splash and dash'.

Copied from Cotehele's events web page.
Wet wet weekend features all sorts of water-based activities including a ‘splash and dash’ swimming and running race, a best dressed pirate competition, model boat demonstrations, canoe taster sessions and more.  

Friday, 21 June 2013

New and old enhancments.

Visitors to Shamrock often express wonder at how the crew managed to live in the cramped forward cabin with its lack of facilities. To try and add to the experience and give visitors more of an idea of what it would have been like, Shaune has now installed an old, small wood burning stove. That, along with a large kettle, a few pans and some metal plates gives the impression that the cabin could be lived in. Lighting the stove would cause a bit of a problem though as there is no flue. (A bit of artistic licence). Not that we have any intentions of doing this.
Also this week has seen the arrival of a new cargo hatch cover which definitely looks smart. We now need a large welcome mat to try and keep it that way.  

Thursday, 13 June 2013

We Won't

The news is just in that Shamrock's trip to the Saltash Regatta has been cancelled. Too much wind and rain forecasted.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Will We, Won't We?

Saltash Regatta

Shamrock is due to depart, from Cotehele Quay, for Saltash between 9 and 10 a.m. on Friday 14th. Due to the weekend's deteriorating weather forecast and that the pontoon, where we are due to moor is in an exposed position, this could be cancelled at the last minute. We have to remember that Shamrock is a unique craft.  

Sailing Canoe
Thanks to George Hogg, Boat Shed visitor and coordinator of the National Small Boat Register which is based at the National Maritime Museum Falmouth, we now have some more information on the Sailing Canoe that is in the process of being restored.

It is of the Rob Roy type which was introduced in the late Victorian period. Canoes of this kind were very popular and were built to this basic design for many years until superseded by lighter canvas covered canoes in the 1930’s.

We still need to find when and where it was built.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Weekends Photos

After a very pleasant river trip Shamrock is now safely back in her dock at Cotehele Quay. Due to the neap tide the job of getting her in the dock required a lot more pulling and pushing than normal, but we made it.

Just a few photos from the weekend.

Nancy Belle on towing duty. 

Taking in the sights.

Getting a push.

Ready for visitors, Royal William Yard .

Shamrock's shadow.

Discussing the docking plan.

Back home.