The Lynher is a Tamar river barge with a unique history. Originally intended for transporting cargo, she has found herself as a World War 2 bombing target, been abandoned for years in a muddy grave, excavated and eventually transformed into a coastal cruiser through the tireless patience of one dedicated man.
She is now in the hands of the Lynher River Barge Community Interest Company, further to a full restoration of her hull, Lynher is now ready to begin the next phase of her journey.
The Lynher barge is available for sail training and events. This funds her future as a community boat, used to teach young people about renewable energy and sustainability, outdoor classroom curriculum from history and geography to STEM subjects as well as practical sailing and traditional boat maintenance skills.
The goal of the Lynher River Barge CIC to restore the Tamar sailing barge Lynher to a commercial licensed standard has now been achieved, after two years of hard work and community effort. We are proud of our community, the way the tackled a difficult job with positive determination and relentless optimism, without these groups of people, from Calstock to Cremyll, Lynher wouldn’t be here today, in such excellent form.
The barge is in the process of becoming a successful business trading along the rivers and Plymouth Sound
thus providing a unique heritage asset, restored to a better condition. As with all wooden boats, maintenance efforts and finance requirements are never ending therefore any surplus raised through our commercial operations is directly re-invested in the betterment of the barge’s equipment and machinery and in the enlargement of the community participation activity offer on the Plymouth waterways.
Our Community Impact
The Lynher River Barge CIC and its Directors have a particular interest in the imaginative reuse and development of heritage assets to meet the new and ever evolving social, cultural and economical challenges faced by all modern communities. To this end, we are working with Plymouth School of Creative Arts to educate children within our local community. Using the theme of Sustainability on the Water, the children have been learning how to use tools, source sustainable material and plan the build or repair of a boat as a means of transport for both people and cargo. The ongoing conservation of the barge is enabling local children to learn the skills required to operate safely and enjoy our waterways whilst exploring their maritime heritage.
The Firefly Project
Autumn 2015 saw the launch of The Firefly Project. It is currently progressing towards the establishment of a sailing club to benefit the school’s students and their families.
The River School
The River School expands the concept of education outside the classroom by providing educational packages to schools on the Plymouth waterways. We are working with Social Enterprise Networks and Educational Partnerships to achieve this goal.
Boat Building at Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Our making project is a led project made by Mike “Boat Building”. We are restoring two firefly dinghy the first one is No.7 and will be painted red. Our objective is to start sailing the boats by September and for members of the club to get RYA training certificates.
Find out more about the Tamar Barge here.