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.
Classic Boat: Classic Boat 2019 Awards-The Nominees, February 2019
Built by Kitto of Porthleven
She was bought by her present owners and brought back to Cornwall
A Sustainability Grant of £1,000 towards the cost of remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
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