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Dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Cornwall's maritime heritage

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Who have just presented us with a cheque for £2,500 from the sails of their 'lugger' jute bags!!!

Copyright on all photographs on this site remains with the photographers. This photo was taken by Rupert Manley. Also many thanks to 'Bone Idol' from the Scillies for allowing us to use their music

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The Cornish Maritime Trust


Founded in 1994, the Trust has four historic working vessels, which have been restored to sailing condition: the Barnabas, a lug rigged mackerel driver based in Mousehole when not on 'tour', Soft Wing, a gaff rigged oyster dredger based in Falmouth, Ellen, a sprit rigged Gorran Haven crabber and Sea Urchin, a small replica of the Ellen are also based in Mousehole.
Between them they demonstrate the most important rigs used in the 19th century Cornish fishing industry, each with specific advantages for the type of fishing it was designed for. Our members actively sail the boats as well as supporting the preservation of our maritime heritage through educational projects and social activities.

Sail with us

Membership, £25 per annum, is open to all to come and enjoy sailing these beautiful craft to many events that celebrate Cornwall's maritime tradition such as the Mousehole Sea, Salt & Sail Festival, Fowey Classics Regatta, Falmouth Week and many more. Look under the 'Sailing Program' for the years events and use the 'Sailing Calendar' to crew or Skipper a planned trip. Members are encouraged to sail the boats, whether for an afternoon cruise along the Fal with your family or a few days sailing to the Scillies and back in the Barnabas. All members are welcome to make suggestions and organise trips. See 'Suggest a Sail' under the 'Sailing Program'.
Alternatively, if you are planning a holiday in Cornwall and would like to 'book' one of the boats for the exclusive use of you, your family or friends for a few days, then use the 'Book a Boat' facility. There is a suggested donation to the Trust for this service.


We are a charity and membership subscriptions and donations are used to maintain the fleet, 3 of which are around 120 years old, in ship shape sailing condition. This work being undertaken by volunteers from the membership. The rest of the funds raised are used to promote our Cornish maritime heritage through educational events, especially with schools, and attendance at exhibitions and classic sailing festivals.


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Spring 2014 More news of our facebook page
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We are now in a mad rush of repair and maintenance so we are ready to launch in April. T

BARNABAS is in Penzance Wet Dock and SOFT WING is in the Mylor Creek. While I am sure that Nick would appreciate help from those in the Falmouth vicinity I should really appreciate some help to prepare the BARNABAS for the season. I, and adam when he returns from Australia, plan to be aboard Saturday mornngs from 10.00 onwards. There are carpentry, mechanical and other technical tasks that I am sure some of you are equipped to handle. There are also less technical jobs - even making tea! We need to lift the cabin soles and ventilate all the spaces. You will find the boat on the far side of the harbour under the harbourmaster's office .
( SOFT WING 01872 553 481; SEA URCHIN 07756 660841 BARNABAS 01736 365022)

Best Regards

Pater Morgan


Navathome and the Trust
We are deighted to report that Navathome have offered the Trust the opportunity to promote and sell the courses on their behalf. This is excellent news for the Trust as for every course sold through us we will receive a commission which will go towards the maintenance of the fleet and training more members to become Skippers. Contact Marcus in the first instance to book a course through the Trust.
Click on the logo to find out more about Navat home.