The Society Lecture 1964: The Sailing Ship of Today in Home Waters

By David R. MacGregor, FRHistS, published May 1965


In 1965 only the sailing barge Cambria, some Galway hookers and a fleet of oyster dredgers at Falmouth still earned their livelihood purely under sail.  Some types survived as yachts or as sail-training ships.  Actual ships too were being preserved in America and  Britain.  Four films taken by the speaker and accompanied by his commentary showed the stone-carrying smack Shamrock working out of the Truro River, sailing barges racing on the River Medway in 1960, a rally and race for sail training ships, including large square-rigged vessels, organized by the Sail Training Association at Dartmouth in 1962, and lastly Galway hookers.

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Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft

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