Alf Smythers

Alf Smythers is a 26ft Truro River Oyster Dredger built between 1966 and 1972. She’s a carvel constructed gaff cutter, based from Mylor and owned by the oysterman, Chris ‘Ranger’. ‘Ranger’ is hoping to tick one off his bucket list this summer, by hand gathering some Pacific Oysters from the Carrick Roads, depurating them in his purification centre at Mylor Harbour, then sailing them to Mousehole (to donate them for Sea Salts & Sail). Alf Smythers is 50 years old this year – check out Also, if you want to see his latest 150yr old oyster boat ‘Shadow’ in 2024, then please support her restoration via

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