One of the UK’s last remaining West Country ketches will visit this year’s Bristol Harbour festival. This historic vessel was launched on 29 May 1907 at the Bridgwater yard of FJ Carver & Sons and sold to Colthurst Symonds, a local brick and tile producer and who named the vessel after his daughter Irene. She sailed thousands of voyages as a cargo vessel carrying tiles and bricks, coal and clay.
In private ownership since 1965 and following many years of professional and loving restoration Irene now runs traditional holidays around the UK and beyond.
Irene was awarded the prestigious UK flagship of the Year in 2015 in recognition of the active role she plays in promoting our maritime heritage. She is part of the National Historic ships fleet of important working vessels that played such a vital role in our history.
Come and find out more about her amazing history. Located by the M shed from Friday 21st July. www.ireness.com