Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Sole surviving heritage sailing gig to be restored

by ThisisCornwall/Sail-World Cruising on 29 Jan 2013
Dos Amigos before she fell into disrepair .. .
Those who love heritage sailing boats are very excited in Cornwall, UK, at the moment. A historic fishing boat which plied Cornish waters for more than 80 years before being left to rot on a quayside is to get a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of maritime enthusiasts.

Dos Amigos, a 38ft carvel gig built at St Ives in 1920, is believed to be the only surviving example of a vessel once common in West Cornwall.

Designed and constructed by master boatbuilder Thomas Paynter, the boat – originally christened Our Francis – was well maintained throughout her working life until the present owner let her fall into serious disrepair. This week, however, Dos Amigos's long road to restoration began when she was craned out of Looe Harbour and transported by lorry to Treeve Boatyard in Hayle.

Boatbuilder Robb Lello, who is storing the vessel, said: 'Dos Amigos has been neglected for ten years. Very sadly, her last owner wasn't able to maintain the boat and, over time, most of her keel was eaten away. Today, she is far from seaworthy.


'She went from being an asset to Looe to a blight on the harbour.'

Mr Lello explained that the historic vessel had almost gone beyond repair and faced being impounded by Looe Harbour Commissioners.

'She had to come out of the water because of serious gribble infestation,' he said. 'This is a kind of tiny prawn that gets into unprotected wood. It's about the size of a woodlouse, has three mouths, seven legs, and dines out on classic boats.

'Luckily the vital first step of getting her on to dry land has now been taken and we have bought some time. There's still a tremendous way to go and it will only be possible for Dos Amigos to set sail again with the inventiveness and determination of everyone involved. We hope to win support from the local community.'

Dos Amigos was originally built as an open gig, powered by fore and aft lug sails and an auxiliary motor. She spent her working life manned by two Spaniards, who had settled in Newlyn around the time of the Spanish Civil War. They changed her name to the Spanish for 'two friends' in 1935. For most of the 20th century she operated out of Cornish ports and was involved in a variety of trades – from drift netting for pilchards and potting for crabs to hand-lining for mackerel and dredging for scallops.

In 1985, Mike and Sue Darlington of Looe restored Dos Amigos, changing her name to Deu Kerens – the Cornish for 'two friends'. During the 1990s, the couple ran her for charter and day trips, and regularly sailing to classic boat festivals in Brittany. Since they sold the boat in 2002 she has been moored at Looe.

Boat restoration expert John Lambourn, who rebuilt St Ives lugger Ripple, said Dos Amigos was an important part of Cornish maritime heritage, adding: 'Gigs were open, day boats which were very versatile in that they could carry large amounts of fishing gear. 'Although mechanised they had not abandoned their masts and sails, which indicates the background and caution of their owners. These boats were a special class of boat and well worth preserving and restoring for that reason alone.'

Anyone near enough to lend a hand, and who would like to help the team planning to restore Dos Amigos can find her on Facebook or by emailing deukerens@inbox.com.

Pictures show Deu Kerens, painted blue in early 1980s, later pitch black, also in 1980s, believed afloat off South East Cornish coast, both pix while under ownership Mike and Sue Darlington.

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

Coast Guard Foundation receives donation from Ice Hockey Team
Coast Guard Foundation announced today that it received a donation from the Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has received a donation from the Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club for $2,568, to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund and Scholarship Fund.
Posted on 25 Feb
Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan