West Cornwall Fishing Luggers before 1850

By R. Morton Nance, published May 1944


Cornish fishing luggers began as two-masted square-rigged boats, perhaps influenced by carvel-built Breton fishing boats. Over time they evolved into decked vessels, carrying lugsails on three masts, with the raked mizen set far aft. The author traces this evolution using contemporary images (most reproduced as sketches in the article), and the recorded accounts of fishermen who remembered working these boats. Also included are a description of the deck equipment of typical 19th-century boats, and the hull plan and dimensions of a St. Ives fishing boat.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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