Certificate no 117
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Drifter
Location Yelverton
Vessel type Cornish Lugger
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Pearce, Richard, East Looe
Built in 1904
Hull material Wood
Rig Lug
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.98 feet (3.96 m)
6.49 feet (1.98 m)
Length: Overall
41.97 feet (12.80 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



OUR BOYS was built in 1904 by Richard (Dick) Pearce in East Looe for George Woodrow Pengelly  of Looe, and registered with the number FY 221. She was used for drift net fishing of pilchards and mackerel from Looe for 74 years. In the 1960s she was skippered by Bill Pengelly and was one of only five motorised former luggers still working from Looe (the others being Our Daddy, Guide Me, Iris and Eileen). By then her sister ship, Our Girls, had been converted to a yacht.

Some time after her retirement OUR BOYS was found in the Isle of Wight and restored (with a standing lug foresail) by George and Sue Dart from Seaton, Devon, in 1991, and spent time in private use from Axmouth. Mike Cotton brought her back to Looe in 1999 when she was owned by Paul and Maggie Greenwood, who returned her to the traditional Looe colours in 2002.

She was sold in 2005 and was based at Cowes for private use and chartering.

In 2009 she was sold and moved to Milford Haven for private use. A new engine was fitted in 2009 and she was refitted at the owner’s boatyard in winter 2010/11.

Source: Historic Sail, Britain's surviving working craft, Paul Brown, the History Press.

Although this vessel is on the National Historic Fleet, we are currently lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.



Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive, 1993
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
McKee, Eric, Working Boats of Britain, Conway Maritime Press, 1983
Cornish Lugger Association biennial Looe Regatta 1995 Programme, Cornish Lugger Association, 1995

Key dates

  • 1904

    Built by Richard Pearce of East Looe for the Woodrow Pengelly family

  • 1912

    A 7 horsepower petrol/paraffin engine was installed

  • 1930s

    Fitted with a 26 horsepower main engine and a 13 horsepower wing engine

  • 1939-1945

    Acted as Guard Ship for the Looe Fishing Fleet

  • 1950s

    Fitted with a 21 horsepower Lister and a 36 horsepower Russell Newbury engine

  • 1973

    Fitted with two 100 horsepower diesel engines and resumed fishing

  • 1978

    Ended fishing, was restored and returned to sail

  • 1979

    Sold to an unknown buyer

  • 1980

    Sold to M G Webb of Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight, and restored to a yacht with dipping lug rig

  • 1990

    Sold to George Dart of Axmouth, Devon and used for racing at West Country and Breton regattas

  • 2003

    Sold to Maggie and Paul Greenwood for chartering

  • 2006

    Sold to Richard Parr and returned to the Solent

  • 2009

    Sold to Andrew McCloud and based in Milford Haven as a private leisure craft.  Awarded a sustainability grant from NHS-UK for £1250 towards a new engine

  • 2011

    Vessel still based at Milford Haven and undergoing restoration and maintenance works

  • 2013

    New Owner

  • 2014

    Undergone a complete refurbishment to her interior and a new coaf roof added

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

More like this

Maid Marion - port side

Registered, built 1925 by Mitchell, Percy, Mevagissey

Britannia - at sea, port side

Registered, built 1906 by Roberts, Henry, Mevagissey

Ibis under sail - starboard side

Registered, built 1930 by Mitchell, Percy, Mevagissey

starboard bow

Registered, built 1912 by Roberts, Henry, Mevagissey