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Luggers sail into town for re-enactment

by Sail-World Cruising Round-up on 8 Sep 2013
Luggers - on their way to St Ives SW
Luggers, traditional sailing boats used for fishing, are about to descend on West Cornwall as part of a re-creation of 19th Century lifestyle in the charming coastal village of St Ives.

Boats in the Bay will recreate a scene that first attracted Victorian artists to colonise the area.

The St Ives lugger is a small wooden sailing boat with two masts, used primarily for fishing and popular around the end of the 19th Century.

The event is organised by the St Ives Jumbo Association and was first staged in 2006.

Organisers said last year saw a record number of boats sailing in the bay.

The vessels were pointed at both ends and were flat bottomed, so they could be left beached in St Ives harbour when the tide went out.

The jumbo luggers fell out of fashion and had virtually disappeared by the 1920s.

Luggers attending the event include Barnabas SS634, which was built in St Ives in 1881 by Henry Trevorrow and the Happy Return which was built by Kittos of Porthleven in 1905.

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