Deal Luggers

By G. Appleton, published May 1959


Six types of boat evolved between 1850 and1900 in the Deal area.   The Lugger was a large, two masted open boat with straight bow, balanced-lug rigged used for hovelling, salvage and life-saving. The Cat was smaller and cheaper but built to the same design and purpose. The Half Boat was smaller than a cat and netted herring. The Punt was also built on lugger lines, 12-16ft long and used for line fishing. The single-masted galley-punt was a noble boat, all-round useful. The fast Galley, rowed by six men, was used for light loads, emergencies and, famously, smuggling.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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