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I believe my great great grandfather was F J Carver who bult the Irene.Does anyone have any more information?
have a small collection of Bill Sharmans photosgraphs
Another family involved with coastal sailings from Bridgwater was the SHARMAN family Henry & William .Henry was my Great Grandfather and i know he either owned or was master of numerous ships including the irene,Sunshine, Swan, Spry,Fanny Jane ,Emma New Design.to name but a few.I have details of voyages made between 1907 & 1923 left by my mother who was brought up by Henry and his wife Martha,I am still trying to piece together this information but would be interested to hear from any one with more.I too spent my young childhood in my great grandparents house in Cranleigh Gardens btidgwater,
Can you help?
Looking for any information and pictures of the "DUCHESS" a Schooner sailed out from Bideford/Appledore Devo
I remember the Irene well. We lived on the banks of the River Parrett in Combwich and used to see her either going up or down to Bridgwater from my bedroom window. Those were the days.....
Could anyone wo knows about The Irene, particularly if a relative helped built or sail on it and would like to talk to me at BBC Somerset for an interview TONIGHT (thurs 30th July)on the radio...please contact me. THANK YOU!
Elise Rayner BBC SOMERSET
My Grandfather helped build the Irene in Bridgwater. His name was Clifton Laver. I recall him showing me the location of the dry dock the remains of which still existed 40 years ago next to the old bus station upon the banks of the river Parret. Yes we are fans of the Irene - any links to current news of her ?
Can anyone tell me if this book features pictures of 'GUIDE' or 'SHAMROCK' as it renamed when owned by the Nurse family?
My Grandfather was the Irene's captain sailing out of Appledore, North Devon, before she was taken out of service
Here is a link to a lovely painting of the Irene in full sail, by an old friend of mine David A. Worall.
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For Rodney Bryant
Many thanks Rodney. This might prove very interesting for me.
This for Chris Curry. Crew List for the Irene is available at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/asp/Shipname.ASP?Ship=irene
Period covered is 1907-1913.
My mistake - it was the Sunrise NOT the Sunshine that FJ Carvers of Bridgwater built.
Does anyone have any information, or where to get some, for any other FJ Carver ships please?
The book Reuben Chappell - Pierhead Painter has recently been published by First Light Studio www.firstlightgallery.co.uk and is being distributed by Halsgrove www.halsgrove.com
My grandfather owned 2 watercolours of the irene 'in full sail' & 'at rest. I believe he donated them to Dr Morrish when the irene was restored. I would love to know if these paintings are still with the irene and whether any resaearch has been done regarding the artist. We still have 2 watercolours painted by the same artist 'R Chappell' of The Ythan which we believe was a sister ship. Any information on the atist and/or the ship would be very interesting.
My Great Great Grandfather (John Carver) and his Brother (Francis James Carver - FJ Carver Boatbulders of Bridgwater) built the Sunshine and Irene as far as I can make out - does anyone have any more information or websites I can gather more information for my father and I please?
My father owns the Irene. She was almost entirely destroyed by fire in the Carribbean. However, he had her towed back to England and she is now being rebuilt at his place near Plymouth. My father's name is Dr Leslie Morrish. He bought her, I think, around 1967 from the Hamble in Hampshire where she was essentially derelict. He did her up over the next 20 years, and is now hoping to get her back to her old self.
I watched the Irene sail into Poole Harbour about 21 years ago. A beautiful sight as her red sails glided through the Harbour entrance. I was later invited on board. I have a sweatshirt with "Irene Bridgwater 1907" embroidered on it.
no..it was actually James Thomas who bouht irene in 1933
irene was later sold to Peter Claxham in 1931
Wrong.. Hugh Shaw bought the Irene in 1922 and sold her in 1928
To Colin, My family history is a bit patchy but I believe that my Grandfather Hugh Shaw bought the Irene from Colthurst and Symons and traded her across to Ireland with Ira Aldridge (his Brother in Law) as Captain but sold her when trade died off in the 1930's. I have here a large brick ornament which is alleged to have been made by C&S but got waylaid in transit
Hi all.........I'm researching family history and am interested in any information on the coastal ketch 'Irene'. My grandmother was named after this ship, being born at the time she was built in Bridgewater, Somerset, UK. Any information or pointers to where info might be will be greatefully received.
Correction to my earlier comment: it was, of course, Sunshine that was broken up in Genoa, not Irene.
My grandfather, C.J. Symons, acquired the Sunshine for his company, Colthurst Symons and Co. for the purpose of shipping bricks and tiles from Bridgwater to Dublin. I used to admire this elegant vessel in Bridgwater docks, hoping that skomeone woujld invite me on board for a voyage. They never did, though I had an opportunity when the Irene, another boat owned by the company, was restored in 1980 (it was recently destroyed by fire in the Caribeean). Any information about the events leading up to the arrest for gunrunnng and subsequent breaking up in Genoa would be much appreciated.
do you have any photographs of the Sunshine or any knowledge about the Sampson family who worked on her?