The Bideford Polackers

By Vernon C. Boyle, published May 1932


Prompted by an earlier MM article, Boyle challenged himself to discover as much as possible about these Bideford and Appledore vessels. He was fortunate in being able to talk to ex-seafarers who still remembered these unique boats and furnished him with much first-hand information. Pictorial evidence suggested this hermaphrodite-polacca rig existed in the 1750s and evolved specifically for crossing the bar of the port of Bideford. These were not fishing vessels but cargo-carriers, generally engaged in the limestone trade between Wales and North Devon but were superseded by newer types by the end of the nineteenth century.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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