Registration number 2750
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Drifter
Location Penryn
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Kitto, Richard, Porthleven
Built in 1874
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Yawl
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
65.00 feet (19.81m)
Breadth: Beam
16.00 feet (4.88m)
8.00 feet (2.44m)
Air Draft
65.00 feet (19.81m)
Tonnage: Gross


GLEANER was built as a Lowestoft drifter of wooden carvel construction by Kitto of  Porthleven in 1874 and at some point was taken to Germany where she was hauled ashore for restoration in the 1970s. This was not completed and the vessel was brought back to the UK by her present owner.

Since then, Cornish shipwright Spike Davies saved her after the local council threatened to destroy her and he, with a team of helpers, dismantled the entire boat into a container, shipped her back to England and spent the next five years putting her back together.  She sailed for the first time in 40 years in the summer of 2018. 

Key dates

  • 1874

    Built by Kitto of Porthleven

  • 1970s

    Rebuild begun

  • 2013

    She was bought by her present owners and brought back to Cornwall


  • Jan 2017

    A Sustainability Grant of £1,000 towards the cost of remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK


Classic Boat: Classic Boat 2019 Awards-The Nominees, February 2019
Classic Boat: Gleaner, the last Lowestoft drifter, September 2019
Classic Boat: Nominee for 'Gstaad Yacht Club Centenarian of the Year' Classic Boat 2020 Awards, February 2020

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