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Missing King's Cup Won in 1835 By Cove's John Barry-Smith of Cork Harbour is Discovered

17th September 2021

Charles Wallrock with the King's silver bowl. The magnificent silver bowl given by William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight in 1835 is now for sale. Dealer Charles Wallrock from Lymington, Hants, bought it in the US and has carried out research. It is believed to be the one won by Irishman John Smith-Barry from Fota House in Cork Harbour.
Dealer Charles Wallrock with the King's silver bowl. The magnificent silver bowl given by William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight in 1835 is now for sale. Wallrock from Lymington, Hants, bought it in the US and has carried out research. It is believed to be the one won by Irishman John Smith-Barry from Fota House in Cork Harbour.

A magnificent silver-gilt bowl presented by King William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) is back in England thanks to a maritime antique dealer.

The bowl's history is an appropriate reminder of the depth of the sailing history of Cork Harbour with the 2021 rediscovery of the trophy coming as it does in Royal Cork Yacht Club's tricentenary year

Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques in Lymington, Hants, who is a keen yachtsman, believes it is the missing trophy from the squadron's annual race in 1835; the King's Cup.

That year the winner was Irishman John Barry-Smith in his 90-ton yacht Columbine.

An account from the time stated how 'his gracious majesty's beautiful cup will for the first time find its way to the sister isle, and grace the sideboard of the hospitable and liberal proprietor of Cove Island in Cork Harbour'.

The bowl includes the royal coat of arms and has the inscription 'The Gift of His Most Gracious Majesty William the Fourth to the Royal Yacht Squadron, 1835'.

The annual race was the precursor of the world-famous Cowes Week held on the Isle of Wight and the bowl will now be offered at the Chelsea Antiques Fair with a price tag of £78,000.

The Royal Yacht Squadron was founded in 1815 – two weeks before the Battle of Waterloo – and it remains the most prestigious and exclusive yacht club in the world.

It is based at Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight and members have included some of the most famous and privileged people in the world.

The Queen remains patron and the late Prince Philip was an Admiral and active participant.

William IV, the so-called 'Sailor King', a friend of Admiral Lord Nelson, was a member and from 1830 until his death seven years later presented a trophy.

How and when the 1935 trophy ended up in America remains uncertain, but there is huge excitement that it has returned home and is up for sale.

The King's Cup - has an Irish winnerThe King's Cup - has an Irish winner

Charles Wallrock, a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, said: "This is a superb and outstanding silver-gilt bowl presented by the king to the Royal Yacht Squadron.

"For me, it does not get any better and I am very proud to have brought it back home. It is an important part of our nautical heritage.

"Although his younger brother had been a member, King William IV can be considered the squadron's first Admiral because it was he who changed its name from the Royal Yacht Club to the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1833.

"He had served in the Royal Navy in his youth and 1827 he was appointed as Lord High Admiral, three years before he inherited the throne and presented the first of his cups.

"Research strongly suggests this is the bowl won in 1835 by John Smith-Barry of Fota House, a stunning regency mansion situated on an island in Cork Harbour.

"We know he was a keen sailor and a member of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

"The mansion was sold by the family to University College, Cork, in 1975 and has since been restored and is open to the public.

"How and when the trophy ended up in the US is unclear but when I saw it for sale I realised its importance.

"Yachts of the RYS fly the Royal Ensign and it has always had a close relationship with the Royal Navy.

"Its first Commodore, Lord Yarborough, assured King Willian IV that 'it will ever be our most earnest wish and desire to promote, in every way in our power, naval science and architecture'.

"The squadron is also responsible for the America's Cup after inviting the New York Yacht Club to a race in 1851.

"The bowl has two handles in the form of a ship's prow, one with a crowned lion and the other with a unicorn wearing a chain of office.

"It was made by the top silversmith William Bateman II and is of supreme quality.

"There are many collectors and institutions who would love to add this to collections."

An account from just before the race in August 1835 said: "His Majesty has presented the RYS with his customary splendid Silver Gilt Bowl, value 100gs, manufactured by Messrs. Rundell, Bridge and Co., with great taste, which will be contested for on his

Majesty's Birthday, the 21st inst., and is expected to be a very interesting race, from the well-known qualities of the Yachts that have entered."

The bowl, as well as having the maker's mark of William Bateman, includes the inscription 'Rundell Bridge et Co, Aurifices Regis Londoni.'

The Chelsea Antiques Fair – now owned by the online antique selling portal 2Covet – will be held at the magnificent Chelsea Old Town Hall, from September 21 to 26.

Published in Cork Harbour
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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

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Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy.

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Ocean to City – An Rás Mór and Cork Harbour Open Day formerly existed as two popular one-day events located at different points on Cork’s annual maritime calendar. Both event committees recognised the synergy between the two events and began to work together and share resources. In 2015, Cork Harbour Festival was launched. The festival was shaped on the open day principle, with Ocean to City – An Ras Mór as the flagship event.

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Marinas in Cork Harbour

There are six marinas in Cork Harbour. Three in Crosshaven, one in East Ferry, one in Monkstown Bay and a new facility is opening in 2020 at Cobh. Details below

Port of Cork City Marina

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