Certificate no 2597
Status Replica


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Customs Vessel
Location Millbrook
Vessel type Lugger
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Pomeroy, Marcus Brian James, Rowden
Built in 2011
Hull material Wood
Rig Lug
Replica definition Operational Replica
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 3
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
64.30 feet (19.60 m)
Breadth: Beam
19.69 feet (6.00 m)
9.84 feet (3.00 m)
Air Draft
39.70 feet (12.10 m)
Tonnage: Gross


GRAYHOUND is a replica of a Cornish three masted Lugger, commissioned for the collector of customs in St Ives - a Mr John Knill in 1776. Built in Cornwall by Mr John F Parkin, she only worked as a revenue lugger for a few years and then went on to work as a privateer from 1780 onwards and carried a letter of Marque. She was built just before the war of Independance hence she quickly became a privateer.

This replica is believed to be the only three masted lugger of its size and of that era in history now represented in the UK.  GRAYHOUND's build started with tree felling in December 2010, framing began on 1 April 2011, the keel was laid 1 August 2011, with a launch date of 4 August 2012.  Her first voyage is scheduled for May 2013 following which GRAYHOUND will sail along the South coast of Cornwall and Devon and then around the Atlantic visiting among many the West Indies, Cape Verde Islands and the Azores.

You can view a time lapse video of the building of GRAYHOUND on the Traditional Maritime Skills website: http://www.boat-building.org/the-regions-and-boats/united-kingdom/grayhound.


Classic Boat Cornwall: Grayhound enters the finishing straight, pp79, October 2012     
Classic Boat Cornwall: Launch of Grayhound, pp74, October 2012      

Key dates

  • 2010 Vessel build started
  • 2012 Launch date planned on the 4th August

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