Local craft for local waters

Local boat-building traditions vary markedly in different parts of the country. Local conditions, launching sites, uses, and building traditions all combine to establish identifiable local characteristics. The boats of the Fal estuary, for example, can be very different from those of their neighbours Porthleven, Gorran Haven and Mevagissey, despite the fact that many would have been using the same waters.

Sadly, many local traditional wooden craft are now coming to the end of their lives and information is being lost.

In an effort to record some of the more important traditional craft (pre-grp) in and around the Fal, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and a group of former fishermen, boat builders and local historians initiated the Local Craft for Local Waters project, surveying the boats, compiling archive material such as early photographs and oral history interviews, and lines plans. Funded by the John Ellerman Foundation, this project is designed to act as model for other parts of the country.

A list of the craft surveyed so far is below. Our partners at https://www.digitaldrydock.co.uk/ can provide more detail on these.

In an effort to record some of the more important traditional craft (pre-grp) in and around the Fal, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and a group of former fishermen, boat builders and local historians initiated the Local Craft for Local Waters project, surveying the boats, compiling archive material such as early photographs and oral history interviews, and lines plans. Funded by the John Ellerman Foundation, this project is designed to act as model for other parts of the country.

A list of the craft surveyed so far is below. Our partners at https://www.digitaldrydock.co.uk/ can provide more detail on these.

Vessel Type Builder Date
Adriana Brother Searle Pill 1928
Benbow 12ft L Hicks 1948
Bluebell 16ft Tender to ROYAL OAK F Hitchens 1898c
Boy Phil 26ft 11 1897
Boy Willie
Dolly 24ft 11 Falmouth Working Boat P. Ferris, Looe 1914
Edith 23ft 6 P Ferris tbc 1923
Evelyn 14ft 9 W T Johns 1949
Fisher 14ft 6 Truro River Punt Unknown
Frances R Collins Mylor Br 1954
George Glasson R Kitto Porthleven 1893
Goldleaf 10ft Punt Ferris tbc
Gypsy 25ft 2 Crabber 1868
Hilda / Victoria 16ft 3 F Gunn 1890’s
Idler 16ft 3 F Hitchens Feock
Ivy
Joan GRP Braybn 1969c
Katrina 23ft 9 Falmouth Working Boat J Moon Lines 1977
Magdalena 22ft 1 Fraziers tbc 1903
Marjorie 15ft 3 W Ferris
Mayfly 15 ft D George 1928
Mildred/Miriam 27ft 3 Falmouth Working Boat P Dalton lines 1972
Miriam 16ft Working punt Unknown
Morning Star 33ft 6 Falmouth Working Boat Looe 1817-30
Mr. Branscombe’S Punt 13 ft 3.25 In. punt Pascoe, Roseland
Muriel 24 ft 5 P Ferris Looe 1890c
New Six Brothers Skentleberrys, Plymouth 1969
New Six Brothers Skentleberrys, Plymouth 1969
Pet 13ft 11 C Ferris Pill 1875
Red Star 15 ft 3 F Bryant 1950
Screw 13ft 1 1/2 T F Hitchens 1920’s
Seven Stars 25ft 4 Trevorrow St Ives 1893
Shadow 27ft4 Falmouth Working Boat Hitchens Feock 1870-80
Swallow 27ft Falmouth Workimg Boat Unknown 1882
Three Sisters 12ft 4 Tender to EVELYN tbc F Hitchens 1898c
Truro River Punt 15ft 2 F Hitchens
Twinkle 16ft N Ferris 1972
Victory (Royal Oak) 27 ft 3 in Falmouth Working Boat (rebuilt) Frank Hitchens 1884
White Heather 24ft 2 Paynters St Ives 1912
White Wings S & A Ferris
Yana 15ft 4 F Gunn Cowlands 1892
Zona 30ft 7 Falmouth Working Boat Fraziers 1912
40 ft Lugger Curtis & Pape

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