Tripper Boat Sold To Mainland

The Springfield at St Mary's quay yesterday

One of the islands’ first tripper boats has made a final appearance at St Mary’s quay before beginning her new life on the mainland.

The Springfield, which was built in the 1920s in Teignmouth and brought to Scilly in 1936, has been sold to the Morgan Giles Owners Association.

She was originally owned by the Springfield Hotel and used for ferrying visitors around the islands.

David Thompson has fond memories of the boat, which he bought in the 1960s for fishing and lobster potting. He told us the boat has had a varied life, including being commandeered as a supply boat in Falmouth during the war.

From Radio Scilly

David Thompson talks about the Springfield

And David described her as a “survivor” after being badly damaged in the great storm of 1962 and ending up underneath the former Holgate’s Hotel.

John Nicholls says he greatly admired the Springfield and his boat, Silver Cloud, was inspired by her but didn’t achieve her beauty and grace. He said the Springfield would “just slip through the water.”

For a time, Luke Paulger owned her and fitted a sail to her.

The vessel was bought three years ago by Tom Clough after lying unused at Porthloo for some time. Tom said he intended to get her back in the water but couldn’t find a suitable space on the islands to do the work, hence his reason for selling her on.

The Springfield will be transport on the Gry Maritha tomorrow before travelling on to Dartmouth in Devon.