Friday 30 January 2015

Langstone Lugger

A couple of guys were launching Queen B down on Swanwick Hard at the back end of last year, she's currently set up as a fishing boat with an outboard and a very salty wooden ship's wheel.

Other than the description that she is a Langstone Lugger the current owner didn't know much about the history. Queen B is solidly constructed in GRP so presumably she was built by a small yard and based on a traditional boat.

Google didn't turn up any references but Inshore Craft: Traditional Working Vessels of the British Isles by Basil Greenhill mentions "luggers from Langstone and Chichester harbours " being typically 15 feet long with 5 feet 6 inch beam, employed for oyster dredging and beam trawling with a dipping lug sail and which was often found to be easier to row for short distances to windward.

If anyone has more information on the Langstone Lugger please drop me and email.

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