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Weʼre raising £5,000 to start the process of bringing the remains of the historic schooner the 'Rhoda Mary', the last of her type, home to her birthplace, Cornwall.

Location
Truro, United Kingdom
Time left
15 days to go

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The Rhoda Mary Project is a Registered Charity (No.1165423) which plans to retrieve the remains of the renowned West Country topsail schooner Rhoda Mary, built at Point in Devoran in 1868, and return them to Cornwall for possible reconstruction to her original state. In the process, training and educational opportunities in wooden ship construction and associated trades will be provided to young people.

Merchant schooners were once a familiar sight around the Cornish coast, carrying Cornishmen on trading journeys around the globe and famed for their elegance and speed. Indeed, in the mid-19th century, the bulk of Great Britain’s trade- 4.2 million tonnes in 1860- was carried in merchant schooners and large numbers of these ships were built in the West Country, financed by their local communities. A film about the ship and the family who built her has already been made and educational materials are available to be used in schools to tell the story of the Rhoda Mary and the vessels like her.

The Rhoda Mary project is seeking funding to complete the educational and information work begun with Storylines following a Memory Day in Devoran last year which gathered a significant amount of material on the ship, her builders and crew. These films can be viewed at: http://www.storylines.org.uk/project/merchant-schooner-memories/.

Grant funding has been applied for to provide the significant resources required to carry out the recovery of the remains from the banks of the River Medway. In anticipation of this the Project needs financial help to employ a part time staff member to deal with the constant flow of enquiries that has been generated both from the people of Cornwall, the international classic sailing ship community and members of the Cornish diaspora across the world who have connections with the ship, the family and the county. This significant pool of talent and interest will be essential in our plans to bring this great Cornish lady home to our base in Truro.

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  • Andrew Mullen2 hrs ago
    Andrew Mullen

    Andrew Mullen

    2 hrs ago

    Donations have started up again from people sharing our optimism about Rhoda Mary and 2018, the 150th anniversary of her construction! Please join with us to make a dream a reality

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  • Andrew Mullen8 days ago
    Andrew Mullen

    Andrew Mullen

    8 days ago

    Happy New Year - things have one quiet on the donations front over the festive period but now is a good time to pledge to the Rhoda Mary Appeal and help us make 2018 the year that the Rhoda Mary comes home to Cornwall.

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  • Andrew Mullen1 month ago
    Andrew Mullen

    Andrew Mullen

    1 month ago

    Thank you for the recent boosts! We are making progress. The lady herself joins in to thank you and you to go on helping to restore her.

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  • Gregory Hubbard

    Gregory Hubbard

    Jan 12, 2018

    Our maritime heritage is so fragile, and we are long past preserving one last one of each major type of ship. We are fighting to preserve what few treasures we have left.

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 2, 2017

  • Susan Thomas

    Susan Thomas

    Dec 2, 2017

    December 2 - Dad was born in Truro on this day. He loved the outdoors and his family. So here's to him ... and to my brother Harrell, a ginger and an avid fisherman, who died a year ago today.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 30, 2017

    £10.00

  • Margaret Smith

    Margaret Smith

    Nov 24, 2017

    In honour of the fearless little man with the indomitable spirit, my uncle Ev, who bought the Rhoda Mary in 1927 and chugged all the way from Padstow to Chatham. May she live again!

    £100.00

  • Susan Thomas

    Susan Thomas

    Nov 20, 2017

    Donation to celebrate Uncle George's birthday - born in Feock, Nov 16, 1924, proudly a Ferris and part of the Canadian contingent supporting the Rhoda Mary Project.

    £20.00

  • Susan Thomas

    Susan Thomas

    Nov 20, 2017

    Donation in celebration of my sister's birthday -we've had to drag her off the beach and into dry dock a few times so it is only fitting to do the same for the grand old girl, the Rhoda Mary.

    £20.00

About the fundraiser
Andrew Mullen

Andrew Mullen

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Truro, United Kingdom

Andrew's company Alusen Ltd works with charities in Devon and Cornwall giving Business Development and Fundraising support. Contact us for more on how we can support your charity or small business. www.alusen.co.uk

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