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