Lynher's November Newsletter
Lynher Is Wintering at Cotehele Quay
The Annual Refit Begins
Lynher has now settled in at Cotehele Quay and looks very at home for the winter refit. A shroud cover has been erected over the top to protect Lynher from the elements whilst the crew is hard at work doing all the essential maintenance work and upgrades. Lynher sits so well in the dock at Cotehele where she enjoys a sheltered spot away from cold winds and the use of the boat shed and quay for our crew and volunteers. We are most thankful to the National Trust at Cotehele, from the management team to the rangers who have made us so welcome. We look forward to develop and grow our collaboration which will benefit the Tamar Valley maritime heritage in all its aspects.

In the images above we also show what is going on under the cover! It is not great news for Lynher's port deck amidship which has suffered from water ingress during the past few months. Indeed that side of the deck was still from Charlie Force's times and it has never been renewed during the restoration. Therefore Dominic had to rip the deck planks off, clean the soft wood off the lodging knees below and check for other water ingress before proceeding to treat the good timber. He has now started to cut the new planks from larch and today two new planks will be fitted with the rest to come in the following days. 
Lynher's Spars and Rigging
Call for Volunteers at Cremyll
Above pictured are all Lynher's Spars that were taken off at Mashfords, Cremyll a few weeks ago before Lynher went off to Cotehele Quay. It was quite an operation, firstly to dismantle them via the Mashfords crane on the quay, and then to transport them safely to The Gymnasium workshop. However all went to plan thanks to the wonderful Lynher's Volunteer Team. The very heavyweight, unwieldy and long mast and spars were balanced on various dollies and trollies with wheels and one end was carefully hanging off the boot of our car. We then walked them around the roads of Cremyll in a slow procession and delivered them to their winter home at the workshop.  We must have been quite a sight! They are now awaiting a full check over, rub down and re oil together with the shrouds and blocks to get them seaworthy for next season.

Volunteers are welcome to help us both at Cotehele and at Cremyll so that we can engage a wider range of people from different locations of the river Tamar!
If you are also interested to get involved and become part of Lynher's Volunteering Team, then do please contact us and we will be able to allocate certain days and tasks to you within the booked schedule of works.  You don't have to have any experience but just willingness and enthusiasm. Please get in touch via email or telephone: or 01752 710052.
Carbon Neutral by 2030
Following COP 26 what are Lynher CIC's Plans

As traditional sailors we are very passionate about protecting our environment and we provide educational workshops to the communities which teaches children and adults about the power or renewable energy, how the tide is generated and why we should try to utilise and respect more the resources we have available. We also teach communities how to safely enjoy the water based environment that surrounds our locality and how to improve their wellbeing.

What else are we doing as a company for the environment? Lynher CIC has a strong environmental policy that gives clear directions on how to ethically dispose of harmful products, how to store them and avoid cross contamination of water and land environments. We take into consideration any small or big form of intervention we can make, from encouraging our staff and volunteers to reduce waste to the teaching of good stewardship rules to our community afloat and ashore.

And what else do we do to reduce energy consumption? Lynher has been fitted with a 20kw electric engine, a 48 volt battery system and an electrified galley with an induction hob! But this is not enough. We still rely on our efficient diesel engine because recharging the 48 volt batteries is not always simple. From 2022 Lynher will host a set of solar panels on top of the cabin which will provide enough energy to recharge the system when the sun is shining. When this is not the case, the tide could help! Our ambition is to develop a low flow tide turbine to recharge Lynher when off grid on her mooring.

However listening to the discussions during COP26 it seems like we are a long way away from tackling climate change. To demonstrate our concern, Lynher's team went on the Climate Change protest staged in Plymouth on 5th November. For the future of our children, we must continue to work hard to protect our planet and to inspire each others.


Do You Need Work Space?
We have Workshop Space to Let at Cremyll
We are looking to partner up with an ethical company to share workspace with us at Cremyll. Contact us at Lynher CIC for more information by email: or telephone to discuss on 01752 710052.
Disappearing Lines Workshop
With Gail McGarva 
One of the "Ghost Ships" created on The Workshop in November.
A Hot Steam Oven Was Used to Bend The Gunnels and Ribs Into Place
This was a fantastic one-day workshop with Gail McGarva, who visited us in early November. We were enthralled by her talk on the "Disappearing Lines" of endangered boats and the communities that still used them that she had visited around the country. Gail decided to create this workshop to shine a light on the plight of wooden craft that had been built and designed for specific purposes. Wooden Boatbuilding is a dying art and Gail was worried that these lovely boat designs will be lost forever so she set about finding a way of perpetuating our heritage. One of her ideas was to create this workshop to inspire people of all ages to try boatbuilding for themselves, backed by The Arts Council. She wanted to demonstrate how these lovely boat lines were created by using the traditional art of bending oak in steam. Gail visited many places on her UK workshop tour and we were delighted to welcome her to Cremyll. We all gathered at the Gymnasium workshop on a very cold morning and  after a lovely hot brew and a chat we soon all warmed up getting fully engaged in the exacting work of creating our own "Ghost Ships". We all had so much fun whilst learning and we had to work closely together in small teams to achieve our results.  It was a delicate art to bend the ribs and the gunnels, without snapping them, to a lovely curved shape that looked good on the eye and then carefully rivet them into place. We all gained knowledge and new skills and each of us went home with our own "Ghost Ship" to proudly show off. All of us found our creative streak and left fully inspired by Gail and her work. Thank you Gail McGarva.
Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
 Marine Canvas Off-Cuts Donated and Recycled  
Bespoke Marine Canvas Stowage Pockets for Lynher
This month has been ideal to work indoors in our workshop with our Industrial Sewing Machine now that Lynher is wintering at Cotehele Quay. We noticed that when our clients stayed with us on overnight cruises onboard Lynher this season they were in need for more storage spaces for their personal belongings. Between us all we discussed various designs that might work to keep things tidy and shipshape and also look good in their usefulness on Lynher. Conversations were had on various designs and where to place them - something to go over or under the individual bunks and how big etc? We came up with this natty design of over bunk stowage pockets that we could hang by means of battens inserted into the canvas to hold them in place. It was decided that each bunk, and the crew quarters, would have one set each of the pockets, one big and one small. They have been made by pieces of off-cuts of Marine Canvas donated to Lynher from Sarah at Ocean Canvas. This means all the small pieces of canvas that may have otherwise been thrown away have been recycled and repurposed. We can't wait to welcome our 2022 customers and watch the fun they will have choosing their bunk with their personal favourite bespoke designed stowage pockets.
Concluding Our Maritime History Series 
Exhibition Display at The Gymnasium
Come and see the Heritage Display Panels and Vintage Photographs in the Exhibition Room of the Gymnasium. We are celebrating the maritime history of Cremyll. The History of Lynher and the Tamar Barges, Mashfords and their Famous Visitors and Education at Cremyll, past and present. Our Open Days will be from 7th - 11th December - 11am - 3pm.
National Historic Ships UK
Annual Award 
Ceremony and Presentation
National Historic Ships UK’s annual Awards Ceremony is a celebration of maritime heritage around the UK coasts, lakes, canals and rivers, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering, conservation, operational use and by opening them to the public at festivals and events.
The winners of the 2021 Photography Competition, Marsh Volunteer and Excellence in Maritime Conservation Awards were revealed on 23rd November during the Awards Ceremony evening that was filmed at Boathouse 4, the new South East Shipshape Hub, in Portsmouth and streamed online. 

Also celebrated were the Flagships of the Year and recently launched Shipshape Hubs, of which Lynher CIC is a member in the South West's region. Lynher was showcased by an address to National Historic Ships UK by Barbara Bridgman and accompanied by a beautiful short film showing Lynher at work by Fotonow CIC. The event was sponsored by
 Beckett Rankine and Winter & Co (Marine)podcast Dr. Sam Willis.  and the special guest presenters were writer, broadcaster and lecturer Paul Atterbury, and historian, archaeologist and host of The Mariner's Mirror.

If you missed the ceremony, which included a virtual trip on a WWII motor gun boat and a peek inside Boathouse 4 and Lynher's Presentation - or just want to watch it again! - you can catch up on the National Historic Ship UK Website or on our link provided below. The lovely piece about Lynher, which we have helpfully timestamped on the video for you at 31:15 can be watched by clicking the link below and you will go straight to the awards ceremony video.
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