The Many Romances with Rosemarie is a charming documentary about the Cornish-built motor yacht Rosemarie, who provided a comfortable home as a houseboat on the Penryn River for 40 years, and there is a special edition DVD now available.
The story is told by the creative folk who lived onboard and includes a large number of photographs, documenting their lifestyle and the constant struggle to maintain the well-loved wooden boat until her demise in 2009.
The special edition DVD is now out on eBay.
Shauna told D&CFilm: “Since living onboard the Rosemarie as a small child in the 1970s, for a great many years I had taken delight in randomly finding her familiar wide hull moored up in various places along the picturesque Penryn river in Cornwall, perhaps with a different paint colour, sporting a new feature, or less an old one. At the time of these encounters I always wondered who was living on-board her, but I never had the courage to find out.
“I was extremely sad after she went, as I felt some of my childhood memories where now gone forever, and quickly set about finding all the photographs I could to remind myself of those days. I wondered if the other people who had also lived onboard the boat had pictures of the boat, from over the years and decided to find out who these residents where and contact them, with the aim of collecting together all the memories I could about the boat.
“It was a fascinating experience as all the former houseboat occupants turned out to be so interesting, and they too, where sad about the demise of the boat and were glad to share their feelings and their memories about her. Most of them where creative people, who had been studying either art or sculpture at Falmouth University, while living onboard the boat. Some were boat-builders, while others where musically gifted, and the bands who were to become associated with her, definitely had a folk theme.”
The Many Romances with Rosemarie can be viewed as a feature documentary DVD of the entire HouseboatTV series. Get it on eBay