The Mary of Truro, the Life Story of a Coasting Smack
This article first examines the 1875 building of the smack Mary, built for the South Cornwall stone trade. Reasons for her shallow draught and exceptional breadth are then given together with a detailed history of her rigging, masts and alterations to these throughout her long life and examples of her excellent sailing qualities both in Cornwall’s coastal seas and inland creeks. Illustrated are boat and sail plans made by the authors in 1958. The trading history of her first 70 years is comprehensively summarised followed by her final cargo useages after change of ownership in 1946.