Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Nancy Belle River Trips 2015

On offer 26 river trips between 13 April and 24 August 2015. Starting from Cotehele Quay the Nancy Belle will head up river past riverside woodlands, under the railway viaduct, past Calstock and deeper into the valley and on towards Morwellham Quay. Throughout the trip there will be a guide telling you about the valley's fauna, flora and history. The trip will last approximately 2 hours.

Booking Essential.

To find out more and to book ring 01579 351346.
Price: All Tickets £12

Friday, 20 February 2015

Warm Boat Shed.

Since Shaune has taken over as skipper of Shamrock he has had the habit of leaving the boat shed doors open for visitors to pop in. Recently regular visitors to Cotehele Quay have noticed that the doors have been shut and the more observant will have seen scaffolding on the car park side wall along with a new flue. All this means that finally the promised new log burning stove has been fitted and is now consuming logs at an alarming rate resulting in a warm crew.

Out with the old.
In with the new.

Varnishing update

The warmer boat shed has enabled the final coats of varnish to be applied to both of Shamrock's masts along with the rigging blocks ready for the masts to be stepped (put up) in a couple of weeks time. 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Slipway Track

When plans where being made for the restoration of Shamrock in 1974 it was decided to dig out a slipway to allow her to be hauled out on a cradle well clear of the highest tides allowing easy access to all parts of the hull. This slipway is still used today, along with a updated metal cradle, when Shamrock needs to be hauled out to have her hull maintained. The rail sleepers have started to rot and the metal rails to corrode and distort with age causing the cradle to occasionally stick when hauling out or floating off Shamrock so the decision has been made to renew them this year. As a start the fire pump was manhandled to the bottom of the boat shed slipway, rigged and used to wash away around fifteen months of accumulated mud from the slipway.

Note to the crew.

Design and manufacture a trolley for the fie pump before it needs to be used again.

Stop Press

Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally 2015 organisers have published an outline program for this years rally scheduled for Friday 24th to Monday 27th July. Conformation is being sent that Shamrock is due to attend weather permitting.