Merchant Schooner Memories

‘Merchant Schooner Memories’ is a community project seeking to uncover local memories of merchant topsail schooners from Cornwall and beyond. Working in partnership with the Rhoda Mary Project, the project will initially involve oral shirty interviews, the creation of a series of digital stories and a primary school workshop.

During the 19th century, coastal communities throughout the West Country financed, built and operated a great fleet of merchant schooners, creating a golden age of sail-driven transport with far-flung links to North Africa, the Baltic and the Americas. This was a period of booming world trade and brought great prosperity, as well as drama and risk to the local communities involved.

Although the times of merchant schooners are not within living memory, there are a legacy of stories that have been passed down through the generations. It is these memories that the project seeks to uncover and preserve; sharing them through the creation of a series of digital stories and preserving them for future generations.

 

Videos

  • Video ThumbnailThis film documents a new community heritage project in which the Rhoda Mary Project, in partnership with Storylines, set out to uncover stories about the Rhoda Mary and other Cornish merchant schooners. This included a Memory Day in Devoran, series of oral history interviews, digital storytelling and a creative workshop with Devoran Primary School. The Rhoda Mary Project is a charity seeking to promote traditional maritime skills and celebrate the vanishing history of the Cornish Merchant Schooner. The project was kindly supported by funding from the Cornwall Heritage Trust www.cornwallheritagetrust.org To find out more about the project and how you can support it, please visit www.rhoda-mary.co.uk. Delivered in partnership with Community Interest Company Storylines. www.storylines.org.uk
  • Video ThumbnailIt is fair to say that Robbie and Maureen Tatlow are passionate about sailing boats, particularly merchant schooners. This digital story shares some of their stories, both historic and present day, and captures just a little bit of their passion. This film was made by Storylines in partnership with the Rhoda Mary Project as part of a community heritage project made possible with funding from the Cornwall Heritage Trust. For more please visit rhoda-mary.co.uk or storylines.org.uk
  • Video ThumbnailIn this film 4 members of the Ferris family discus their family boatbuilding heritage, as well as present day links to the industry. Stories of the Rhoda Mary, a famed west Country schooner, as well as tales about its designer William 'Foreman' Ferris, have passed down the generations and are shared through this film. This film was made by Storylines in partnership with the Rhoda Mary Project as part of a community heritage project made possible with funding from the Cornwall Heritage Trust. For more please visit rhoda-mary.co.uk or storylines.org.uk

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Testimonials

“What a wonderful experience the Storylines workshop was. So creative and immersive, the children were engaged throughout. There were plenty of opportunities for the children to be creative and a good level of support was provided for those who were less confident in their artistic abilities. The workshop made history come alive in our classroom and the pupils have produced a spectacular piece of artwork of which they are immensely proud.”

Katie Thurston, Class 6 teacher at Devoran School

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