The unspoilt river quay at Cotehele, near Saltash in Cornwall, is home to the restored Tamar barge Shamrock and a museum telling its story.

Cotehele Quay is an unspoilt quay on the River Tamar in the wooded grounds of the medieval manor house, Cotehele near Saltash in Cornwall. This National Trust property makes a fine setting for the restored Tamar barge Shamrock.

Built in 1899, this 57-foot ketch carried cargo of various kinds up and down the Tamar for many years. In the late 1930s she relocated to the Truro River and worked several Cornish ports. In 1962 she was used as a core sample test drilling barge in St Ives Bay. Then in 1966 she became a salvage vessel and soon fell into disrepair.

The National trust acquired Shamrock in 1974 and fully restored her to sea-going condition in association with the National Maritime Museum. She still makes occasional voyages on the River Tamar.

You can discover Shamrock’s full story at the Quay Museum at Cotehele, which also includes displays about river and coastal trade in South Devon and Cornwall and the Tamar Valley’s shipbuilding, mining and quarrying and industries.

Find out more about Cotehele Quay and Shamrock on the National Trust website

Find out more about Shamrock on the National Historic Ships website