A Brief History Of Shamrock


1899
Shamrock was built in Stonehouse Plymouth by Frederick Hawke for Tom Williams, a 'lighterman', to carry cargoes between Plymouth and Torpoint manure works.

1919
Shamrock was sold to a group of quarrymen for £600. Hull strengthened with false keel and keelson, drop keels removed. Bowsprit and jib added. Fitted with 30hp four-stroke paraffin engine on the starboard side. She carried stone from quarries on the river Lynher to many points between Dartmouth and Falmouth.

1930s
William Trebillcock became Shamrock's master. His brother Charles was severely injured one day when the engine backfired. Shamrock moved crushed roadstone from quarries on the Lizard to Truro and other ports along the Fal and Helford rivers.

1950
Only two Tamar sailing barges still working the costal trade, Shamrock and Mayblossom.

1951
Mayblossom laid up and left to rot. Shamrock is now the last Tamar sailing barge still trading under sail.

1962
Equipped with twin 65hp diesel engines Shamrock worked in the Lizard, St Ives Bay area drilling and salvage dredging for tin ore on the sea bed.

1966
Shamrock returns to Plymouth and becomes a diving tender in the Plymouth area.

1973
Shamrock, in a near derelict state, was laid up in Hooe Lake near Plymouth. She was being used as a scrap iron store. John Fildew, a local grocer , bought her and started to restore her.

1974
Shamrock was bought by the National Trust. Her hull was roughly patched up for her journey to Cotehele in March.

1975
The National Trust and National Maritime Museum started Shamrocks restoration.

1979
The restoration was finished and commemorated with a plaque on Shamrock's mizzen mast.

1982
Shamrock sailed again for the first time since her restoration, becoming a perminent feature at Cotehele Quay.

1983
On her maiden post restoration passage Shamrock sailed from Cotehele to Fowey in Cornwall.

1987
Back to work as Shamrock is made available for day charter.

1999
Shamrock marked her 100th birthday with a voyage down the river Tamar.

2009
Shamrock visited Morwellham quay to take part in the filming of the Antiques Roadshow.

2010
Shamrock used in the filming of The Edwardian Farm series at Morwellham and Cotehele Quay.

2012
Shamrock attended the Plymouth Classic Boat Rally.

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