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BOAT Hope built in Porthleven by boatbuilder, Jackie BOWDEN in 1906 and first owned & skippered by Tommy BAWDEN returns for a visit to Porthleven in 1966
BOAT Hope built in Porthleven by boatbuilder, Jackie BOWDEN in 1906 and first owned & skippered by Tommy BAWDEN returns for a visit to Porthleven in 1966
 
 
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BOAT: Ann Marcel_PZ389_built in Newlyn by Peakes for David Hosking of Porthleven. Launched 1965
BOAT: Ann Marcel_PZ389_built in Newlyn by Peakes for David Hosking of Porthleven. Launched 1965
 
 
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BOAT: Fishing fleet 1893
BOAT: Fishing fleet 1893
 
 
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BOAT: Gleaner built 1878 by Kittos of Porthleven, Restored 2019 (over 5 years) by Spike DAVIES.
BOAT: Gleaner built 1878 by Kittos of Porthleven, Restored 2019 (over 5 years) by Spike DAVIES.
Gleaner July 2019 
 
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BOAT: Happy Return. Built at Kitto's Yard, Porthleven 1904. Saved from being broken up and brought back to Penzance harbour in Mounts Bay, Cornwall.
BOAT: Happy Return. Built at Kitto's Yard, Porthleven 1904. Saved from being broken up and brought back to Penzance harbour in Mounts Bay, Cornwall.
is an original 40' Cornish lugger built at Kitto's Yard, Porthleven in 1904. It was the oldest registered fishing boat when the owner decided to decommission her in 1998. She has a beam of 13'6" and draught of 7'.

The Mounts Bay Lugger Association saved her from being broken up and she was brought back to Penzance harbour in Mounts Bay under her own power on 4th May 1998 by her previous owner Peter Barrett to undergo total restoration.

Although she was launched as the Happy Return (FE 5), prior to decommissioning she was called Britannia (LN 224) and was used by skipper Peter Barrett for potting in the Channel from Swanage in Dorset.

She was originally paid for by public subscription in Folkestone, Kent on a wave of public sympathy for a local skipper John (Jack) Warman Saunders who lost his boat the Good Intent (FE 21) in a storm in 1904.

The entry in the original registry in 1905 shows the Happy Return as a dipping lugger built in Porthleven belonging to the port of Folkestone and propelled by lugsails for lining and trawling.

The first entry is the registration on April 4th 1905 to John Saunders, Fishmarket, Folkestone, and the second is for the fitting of an auxiliary 8 hp Kelvin engine on 18th February 1916.

The vessel is built with carvel planking on sawn Oak frames and the traditional planking timber used in Porthleven was Norwegian Red Deal or Pitch Pine, often at extra cost, the keel is Elm.

The engine in place on decommissioning was a six cylinder Ford diesel engine on the centre line with no wing engine. This was fitted in 1972 by Peter Barrett and the previous engine was known to be an Ailsa Craig 4 cylinder diesel. 
 
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BOAT: Lady Hilda yacht built by BOWDEN & Sons 1909 for the Earl de la Warr.
BOAT: Lady Hilda yacht built by BOWDEN & Sons 1909 for the Earl de la Warr.
 
 
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BOAT: Marnik PW292 built in 1976 in Porthleven
BOAT: Marnik PW292 built in 1976 in Porthleven
boatbuilding 
 
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BOAT: PZ 211 in 1927
BOAT: PZ 211 in 1927
 
 
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BOAT: Small boats in Porthleven inner harbour - 2016
BOAT: Small boats in Porthleven inner harbour - 2016
 
 
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BOAT: The coaster 'London Premier', entering Porthleven in the mid 1930s
BOAT: The coaster "London Premier", entering Porthleven in the mid 1930s
 
 
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BOAT: The ship READY RHINO by painter Alexander K BRANDER (active 1862-1888)
BOAT: The ship READY RHINO by painter Alexander K BRANDER (active 1862-1888)
in the 1861 three members of the STRIKE family, and one PASCOE were recorded as being 4 of the 5 crew members of the ship. 
 
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BOATS-Kitto's Boat Building Yard in Porthleven, Cornwall, November 1912.png
BOATS-Kitto's Boat Building Yard in Porthleven, Cornwall, November 1912.png
 
 
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BOATS-PORTHLEVEN-1880_Thomas_Bowden_born_1853_working_on_a_half_model.jpg
BOATS-PORTHLEVEN-1880_Thomas_Bowden_born_1853_working_on_a_half_model.jpg
 
 
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BOATS-RoverSteamYacht1930.png
BOATS-RoverSteamYacht1930.png
 
 
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Breageside and Lifeboat House built 1894
Breageside and Lifeboat House built 1894
 
 
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BreagesideAndLifeboatHouseBuilt1894 (1).jpg
 
 
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EVENT: Regatta 1893-1894 with Lifeboat House under construction
EVENT: Regatta 1893-1894 with Lifeboat House under construction
 
 
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OBITAURY 2017: BUXTON, Brian died 2017 age 81. Founder of Porthleven Lifeboat Day.
OBITAURY 2017: BUXTON, Brian died 2017 age 81. Founder of Porthleven Lifeboat Day.
 
 
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PEOPLE: BOWDEN, Thomas  boatbuilder born 1853 - working on half model boat in 1880
PEOPLE: BOWDEN, Thomas boatbuilder born 1853 - working on half model boat in 1880
 
 
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RICHARDS Harry and wife Millie of 1 Peverell Terrace, Porthleven
RICHARDS Harry and wife Millie of 1 Peverell Terrace, Porthleven
Harry RICHARDS was a crew member of "Dash" the last lifeboat stationed at Porthleven 
 
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WORK_Boatbuilding_00002.jpg