Previous names

  • 1906 - 2005 Britannia
Certificate no 109
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Porthleven
Vessel type Cornish Lugger
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Roberts, Henry, Mevagissey
Built in 1906
Hull material Wood
Rig Lug
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.59 feet (3.84 m)
6.39 feet (1.95 m)
Length: Overall
40.23 feet (12.27 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1906 by Henry Roberts of Mevagissey, GRACE is a Cornish fishing lugger with a carvel built hull of oak frames, a pitch pine deck and iroko planking. Her current engine is a Lister 3 Diesel made in 1945. She has 2 masts dandy rigged. Her original name was BRITANNIA which she retained until 2005. Her early life was as a pilchard drifter and long liner in Cornish waters and then as a motor auxiliary fishing boat on the south coast. She is now privately owned and is one of the few remaining Cornish luggers from the days of true working sail.



McKee, Eric, Working Boats of Britain, Conway Maritime Press, 1983
Finch, Roger, Sailing Craft of the British Isles, William Collins & Son Ltd, 1976
March, Edgar J, Sailing Drifters: The story of the herring luggers of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man, David & Charles Ltd, 1969

Key dates

  • 1903

    Built by Henry Roberts of Mevagissy, Cornwall as a Cornish Lugger and named ‘Brittania’

  • 1903-1920

    Fished from Mevagissy

  • 1920-1969

    Fished from Porthleven and the South Coast as a Motor Auxilary/Sail Fishing Boat

  • 1970

    New owner

  • 1976

    New owner

  • 2005

    New owner

  • 2014

    New owner

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