Other Boats

Shamrock is not the only craft cared for by the National Trust at Cotehele Quay.

Shamrock's Workboat

During the 1970's restoration of Shamrock, Alan Hanks of Appledore was commissioned to build a new workboat. This was a 13ft clinker built workboat typical of those used by Tamar sailing barges.
After 30 years service this workboat was out of shape, had various broken planks, ribs and was in need of its own "Restoration."

So at the end of the 2010 season it was taken into the boat shed where it had numerous layers of paint and tar removed. Since then Shaune and the crew have replaced all the ribs, some of the planks, changed the setting layout and given it a shiny new paint job. These repairs have also restored the original shape.
The workboat is now back in use and accompanies Shamrock on her river trips.

Nancy Belle

Nancy Belle is a 6m (20ft) long by 2.05m (6ft 9in) wide carvel built launch. Built in the 1950's and powered by a old Sabb 20 hp 2 cylinder 2 stroke diesel engine.
Originally built for Salcombe's Island Cruising Club and used as a support boat for all the clubs activities. It was purchased in the mid 1980's when it was decided that Shamrock needed a permanent powered support boat. It has faithfully fulfilled that role since.

The Sabb engine was replaced by a 20hp Yanmar engine during May - June 2014. 
Anyone for water skiing?

Sailing Canoe

When this clinker built canoe was rescued in the summer of 2012, it was full of leaves but still in pretty good condition, considering that it had been exposed to the elements for about 30 years.

Since then the deck has been removed, leaves vacuumed up and had most of it's layers of paint removed. Now she's waiting to have her broken ribs renewed, some planks repaired or replaced and a new deck.

Research will be needed before a decision is taken on the sail plan and rigging.  

Updated 13th June 2013.
This canoe has now been identified as 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 Canoes of this kind were very popular and were built to this basic design for many years until superseded by lighter canvas covered canoes in the 1930’s.


The Edgcumbe is a 4.26m (14ft) long by 1.5m (5ft)  glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) rowing boat. The last survivor of three built by K. R. Skentelbery & Son at their Laira  Bridge Boatyard, Plymouth, for the National Trust in the 1970's. These were purchased for the use of Cotehele's holiday cottages tenants. The hull used is that of a Mayflower Sailing Dinghy, which at the time was very popular along the south Devon coast. 
Rescued from the mud next to the boat yard slipway, then repaired ready to take on the duties of Shamrock's workboat while that was under its own restoration.


Russett is a early clinker Mayflower Sailing Dinghy (number 50) also built by K. R. Skentelbery & Son in the early 1960's. After spending the previous 17 years in a garage she appeared in the boat shed during May 2016 ready to be restored. She was donated with all her rigging although this will need to be cleaned up and repaired or replaced as necessary.

Pram Dingy 

This abandoned GRP pram dingy first appeared in the boat shed in late August 2014. Since then she has been cleaned up, had a large hole in her keel repaired, wooden gunnels replaced, hull resealed, varnished, painted and finally polished. She is now in use as Nancy Belle's tender and being easy to launch is also used when quick access to the river is required.

and after.

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