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Former home of shipbuilder on the market

The Rodgers homestead is up for sale. INCT 01-402-RM

The Rodgers homestead is up for sale. INCT 01-402-RM

Local house-hunters may be able to snap up a piece of maritime history with one of Carrick’s most historic properties on the market.

Marine Cottage on Belfast Road was designed and built by the local shipbuilder Paul Rodgers.

The detached property, which has a price tag of £295,000, is a grade B2 listed building and was once used as both a home and a drawing office.

The building underwent an extensive upgrade in 1995 which included re-wiring, re-plumbing, re-plastering work and roofing.

However, local agents Deborah Yea, who are handling the sale, indicated that many of the original features in the four-bedroom cottage have been retained.

A well-known name in the borough, Paul Rodgers was a member of the Carrickfergus Municipal and Harbour Commissioners and the first Urban Council.

Built in the late nineteenth century, his homestead was adjacent to the shipyard where he was apprenticed in 1852.

Rodgers went on to become foreman and later owner of the yard, which employed 150 people in its heyday.

One of his best-known vessels, the steel schooner Result, was launched at the yard in 1893 and survives to this day at the Transport Museum in Cultra.

Both Rodgers and the vessels he built and designed came into focus again recently during the Port of Carrickfergus exhibition at the Civic Centre.

In 2007, a blue plaque was unveiled at Marine Cottage by the Ulster History Circle to mark Rodgers’ contribution to Northern Ireland’s naval heritage.

 

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