Newly launched Cremyll Maritime Training aims to create a community of people learning and sharing traditional boatbuilding and seamanship skills.

Based at Cremyll in Devon, the project is part of a wider series of initiatives driven by Dominic and Barbara Bridgman (of Lynher River Barge CIC) and their fellow directors Robert Webster, Simon de Groot and Debbie Risbourough.

The CIC, or Community Interest Company formed in 2016 to save the Tamar sailing barge Lynher from destruction (image right shows Lynher as she is now).

“Our objective is simple: to introduce more and a wider range of people to learning the skills required to preserve our maritime heritage.

“Thanks to the Earl of Edgcumbe we secured the Gymnasium, built as a training centre by the Navy at Cremyll in 1899.

“The Gymnasium is a land base for our community to find a space where to learn about boat maintenance and seamanship which will ultimately result in the new generations honing the skills to continue to preserve UK’s varied and rich maritime heritage.”

“At Cremyll we have the opportunity to convey our passion for the local maritime heritage and be a point of contact and advice for other maritime projects. The aim is to share experience and knowledge to foster a wider and stronger maritime community. So please head over to our new website below and feel free to share your feedback with us.

“The Cremyll Maritime Training is a project that builds on the strength of Lynher CIC’s experience in conserving historic vessels and transmitting the skills required to do so to the Rame Peninsula’s community and beyond.

Based in the 1899 “Impregnable Drill Shed” in Cremyll (aka the “Gymnasium”) Cremyll Maritime Training will deliver vocational training in traditional boatbuilding and seamanship skills, as well as providing support to local maritime projects. 

“We believe that every child or adult has the potential to achieve anything she or he wishes to, the secret is believing in oneself. It is very important to expose children, young people and adults from all walks of life to practical skills and outdoor water-based adventures in order to support their personal development and instil a feeling of growing confidence and self esteem. Our range of vocational, practical and shore based courses are designed to do just that!”

A key part of the work is environmental-based and one scheme is the Fair Shores Project, started in 2019 when the team started collecting litter with local families aboard Lynher when exploring the river shores.

“We mapped areas of the waterways where litter collects or is actually flytipped.

“The Fair Shores project was created to clean the river shores often forgotten by beach cleaning groups or particular areas of the waterways that are unaccessible from the shore.

“In order to use the barge to bring community groups out and clean the river shores a better safety boat was needed.”

Lynher CIC applied to Tevi for some funding to contribute towards a new landing boat made out of recyclable plastic which could access any type of shore. Rame Peninsula Beach Care contributed with a kayak made out of recycled fishing nets. The findings are to be recorded and passed on to Exeter Uni for their research into pollution among the waterways.

https://cremyll-maritime.org.uk/projects/

News item taken from Classic Boat magazine, Jan 20.

Find out more about Lynher River Barge CIC, together with our other Shipshape Network South West Projects here.

Lynher as she is now
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