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Welcome to the Cornish Maritime Trust

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


Onan Hag Oll

RYA affiliated

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.

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.

Sail with us


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 is mainly 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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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.

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Adam John Kerr

1933 - 2016


It is with great sadness that The Cornish Maritime Trust must report the death of Adam Kerr, our much loved Chairman and friend.  


Adam was a tremendous seaman who was a cadet on HMS Conway, a master mariner and a world-renowned hydrographer as well as a transatlantic yachtsman in the years before all the technology we enjoy today. One of Adam’s last acts was an adventure to the Brest and Douarnenez maritime festivals on his beloved Barnabas. The Cornish Maritime Trust exists today because of Adam’s initiative and dedication. We shall all miss him tremendously.


Donations can be made to Bloodwise - see


Adam recently completed his memoir Charting Polar Seas (2016). It is available here.