The Shamrock was built in Plymouth by Frederick Hawke in 1899. As one of many working boats in the area, the Shamrock carried cargoes up and down the South coast of Cornwall as far as the Lizard. In the 1950’s she became the last Tamar sailing barge still trading under sail. Unfortunately after a hard life, she was abandoned in the 1970’s in a near derelict state and was used as a scrap metal store near Plymouth. However she had a lucky break when a local grocer bought her and started to restore her until the National Trust took over the following year. She was patched up sufficiently to make the journey to Cotehele where she would be fully restored by 1983. In 1999 the Shamrock marked her 100th birthday with a voyage down the Tamar River.
Crocadon Sawmill, when in operation, supplied timber for the Shamrock’s ongoing maintenance and improvements before she finally made her claim to fame during the filming of the Antique Roadshow and The Edwardian Farm series at Morwhellam and Cotehele Quays.
This year the Nancy Belle, the Shamrock’s support boat is heading up river to Calstock and towards Morwhellam offering boat trips exploring the valley’s flora, fauna and history. Starting at the end of this month, April. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/7cfb2e77-c2f3-42a3-8607-301a1f248e5e/pages/details to book a date!