Lynher's March Newsletter
March has been a busy month for Lynher. She has had her spars refitted and the mast is now up. This involved us bringing her up from Southdown Marina where she is moored to Mashfords in Cremyll. It was a stunning morning as you can see from the pictures. Her decks still had quite a bit of frost when we boarded making it quite slippery to start with. The warmth of the sun soon shone through. It was so tranquil as there was no wind and the water was like mirrored glass. 
We came alongside Mashfords North Quay where more volunteer crew were there to greet us. Above you can see us all using our muscles to move the mighty spars and boom and Captain Dom is pictured here directing operations and using the pullies and ropes to guide the mast aloft and neatly into place. Approximately 1.5 hours later Lynher was ready to go. She and her crew motored back to her Southdown mooring having collected quite a few new fans and admirers who had been watching from the shores of Mount Edgcumbe. She had a second visit and overnight stay at Mashfords at the end of March as the refit continued....

Lynher Gets A New Electric Engine

At the ripe age of 125 years old Lynher now has a modern electric engine. Incredible really when you think about it. In the pictures above you see an example of a Tamar Barge and it could be Lynher as it looks so similar. This picture was taken in the early 1900's. The picture, alongside this old one, shows Lynher fully rigged and sailing today, in 2021. Lynher has now become a Hybrid Barge as she has both a Beta 75HP Diesel engine and a newly installed 20KW Electric engine. This new engine has joined the Diesel engine on the opposite side of the engine room. The electric engine is pictured above together with the new bank of 6 volt batteries to run a 48 volt system. We decided to go for this system as it is low voltage and very safe. The batteries are hidden from view and neatly boxed away, located under the main cabin's dining table. The batteries will be re-charged by means of 5 solar panels placed above on the cabin top. Having these two engines working together will vastly improve Lynher's manoeuvring ability as each engine will be connected to their own propeller - one on each side of Lynher. It will also be exciting, as using just the electric engine we will be able to motor silently up the waterways. It is expected to last, fully charged for 2 hours. More news on this when she completes her sea trials next month.

Day Sailing - Wildlife Cruises

Would you like to come with us on a voyage on Lynher to explore our unique waterways and learn more about our wonderful and diverse seabirds and marine wildlife and their habitat? Well we have everything arranged and in place for you - including a locally sourced picnic luncheon on-board. Having the new, electric engine installed will help us spot our more elusive wildlife as we glide silently and harmlessly alongside the riverbanks.

Together the Tamar, Tavy and Lynher estuaries are areas of designated Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They are also protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the habitat and wildlife. Flanked by ancient woodland the intertidal systems are perfect for mudflats, saltmarshes and reedbeds. A haven for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damsonflies. It also provides the perfect valley retreat for grey seals, salmon, avocets, widgeons, deer, badgers, foxes, european otters, the common kingfisher, eels, horseshoe bats and dormice. So what would you like to see?

Our Day Sailing PDF Leaflet is now on-line for you to download to find out more about these wonderful wildlife and celebration cruises.

To download the leaflet please visit our website homepage and scroll down to find the leaflet link:

Plymouth Waterways Maritime Heritage Exhibition 

We are busy collating an exciting and informative Heritage Exhibition which we will be proudly unveiling as part of the Virtual Cremyll Maritime Festival 4th - 6th June 2021. This display will be in our Gymnasium shore-based reception area and also on Lynher herself and will remain there to continue to help connect and engage our visitors in the future with our heritage. It will depict the history and tell the story of the Barges and Bargemen of Devon and Cornwall as they toiled and navigated the waterways of the Tamar. The centrepiece, of course, will be the unique history of our Lynher Barge and feature her builder James Goss and the skills of our neighbours, Mashfords Boatyard. The display will bring the past alive - Plymouth's Maritime History that began over 125 years ago. In the image below you can make out James Goss' Boatyard on the other side of the unfinished viaduct where he designed and built Lynher. We shall be sharing more with you in due course.
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