Lynher's September Newsletter
Education On The Waterways 
Tide & Renewable Energy Workshop
Lynher's Voyage of Adventure
Our final schools educational KS2 workshop for this season, learning all about the tide and renewable energy, was a resounding success. The children just loved Lynher's Onboard Classroom and The Beach Classroom. It was a glorious, hot September day and this made it even more enjoyable for all. We look forward to running these amazing workshops again next season in Spring and Summer Terms 2022, so make sure you book up your school or youth group with us soon as places are showing very popular. These workshops are unforgettable educational experiences and as you can see from the pictures promote teamwork and the enquiring mind. To find out more about this workshop and other educational courses we run please go to:

Lynher's Lineage - Family Birthday Cruise

The picture top left shows James Goss and his wife c. 1900. James built Lynher in 1896, 125 years ago by virtue of his boatbuilding design genius and his sheer desire to create a good life for his family. The picture alongside James is of the 1993 English Women's Cricket Team posing on the Lord's Balcony after winning the World Cup. The Manager of this team was none other than James Goss' Great Granddaughter Norma Izard, who now has an OBE for services to women's cricket. Norma is pictured 5th from the left wearing the red jacket and waving. The family traits quite obviously have passed down the generations from her Great Grandfather to Norma. Traits of stubbornness, fairness to all and sheer perseverance against adversity have stood them both in great stead in pursuing their dreams. In 1993 Norma, was not welcomed into the Lord's pavilion as she was barred by virtue of gender, whilst her husband was a member of the MCC. "The room I was in was miles away from anywhere" she recalls. However by 1999 she had an honorary lifetime membership and a box seat. This September 27th marks the 23rd anniversary to grant membership to women to the Marlebone  Cricket Club, the self-styled "Home Of Cricket." Another quote made me smile - when she was determined to be the Manager of Women's Cricket Squad she sent these words with her application "You were supposed to send your CV and all this sort of thing. I wrote a letter saying: "I understand there may be a vacancy for manager. I wish to apply for it. I'm not putting any more on this letter because you know what I've done and what I can do!" Who could say no to that! - Now in her late 80's, she was delighted to learn of Lynher's restoration and her special heritage link. This made her determined to introduce her family to their lineage and to personally go aboard for her 88th birthday cruise. Of course this had to happen and all arrangements were duly made. The sun shone for her on her  birthday  as it was supposed to, and the cruise on the Tamar with her family and dear friends in early September was a fantastic celebration for this amazing lady. James Goss would have been very, very proud.
To book your own anniversary or birthday cruise please contact us for your own bespoke party on board. You can also book night or two "glamping style" on board Lynher with fabulously sourced local produce. Please see our website for further details:
Lynher Attends The Plymouth Classic Boat Muster & The Plymouth Seafood Festival
On the weekend of 18-19 Septembre the Barbican and Sutton Harbour came alive with a celebration of the product that Plymouth is so good at catching, fish! As it happens it was also the anniversary of the Plymouth Classic Boat Muster so a small number of classic boats from the local waterways made Sutton Harbour their home for the weekend. Lynher had pride fo place on Guy's Quay, just next to where the three masted schooner "Kathleen & May" used to berth. Compared to the mighty 300 tonnes of the Kathleen & May, Lynher's mere 50 tonnes displacement didn't quite fill all the space in the harbour however it was one of the very few examples of Plymouth maritime heritage on display. As Kathleen & May is a rarity in the maritime heritage world, being UK's last working wooden hulled three-masted topsail schooner, so Lynher is the last of the Tamar sailing barges still in operation and a rare example of how these vessels where rigged, worked and lived. And not just as a representation but as a living soul. Sailing Lynher means literally to be transported 125 years back, when steam engines were still in their infancy and wind and tide were the only means of propulsion. Celebrating with us on the quay were the Plymouth wonderful folk musicians  from the Minerva pub in Looe Street who entertained us with an amazing folk and sea shanties session that lasted all afternoon. With the Seafood Festival in complete swirl with stalls of delicious seafood  and plenty of family activities themed around Plymouth Ocean's City most precious resource, the weekend was good fun and blessed with a hot late summer weather.
Disappearing Lines - a workshop by Gail McGarva
We are honoured to be hosting this workshop by renoknown boatbuilder Gail McGarva. In her own words Gail explains where her passion for boatbuilding stems from. 
"I lived on boats for many years in Bristol docks and on the River Avon when I worked as a British Sign Language interpreter. In 2003 I had an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to place boats at the very core of my life. I read about the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, Dorset. When I went into the workshop, it felt like a homecoming. I trained at The Boat Building Academy in 2004-2005, building my first boat as a daughterboat to the oldest surviving Shetland boat of 1882 with Willie Mouat as my mentor from the island of Unst of the Shetland Isles.
​I launched the daughterboat called Georgie McDonald from Unst, the most northern isle of Britain, from the same slipway as the motherboat had been launched in 1882. Since the building of my first daughterboat, I have gone on to build several other daughterboats, each with their own stories to tell. People are drawn to traditional wooden boats, drawn to their skeletal, sculptural forms. I am passionate about involving the community in the building of my boats, fostering a sense of belonging to the boats and a connection to the sea."

In this new workshop, taking place at the Gymnasium at Cremyll on 4th November, Gail will engage people to capture and understand the lines and shapes of the boats that represents the community who built them and that are now at risk of extinction. The workshop is supported by the Art Fund and it is free to subscribe. Maximum number is 12 if you would like to take part reserve a space by writing to us
The Lynher Lines 
The Lynher Cream Striped Cube Holdall and The Lynher Handbag in Azure Blue. 
Maritime Heritage Display Taking Shape at The Gymnasium 
Coming Soon! Display Opening To The Public In November 2021
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