At our usual Monday lunchtime meeting at the Beambridge Wellington on 4th April , Jonny Nance gave an excellent talk to Wellington Rotary Club about his project to regenerate the harbour at St. Ives by establishing a racing class of replica 19th century fishing luggers.
In September 2007, for the first time in 100 years, a “jumbo” was launched in St. Ives harbour. In June 2010 a second jumbo was launched and named “William Paynter” as a tribute to the boatbuilder who designed these jumbos back in the 1880s. Two traditional St. Ives punts have also been launched and now serve as tenders.
Jonny’s description of how these boats were built, using the same skills and materials that were used a century ago, was absolutely fascinating.
Jonny’s project can be followed on facebook :- https://www.facebook.com/The-St-Ives-Jumbo-Association-206…/