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’. Check out Not only does Ranger dredge for oysters during the season (, he can also be seen occasional ‘racing’ Alf in the Carrick Roads. She’s an open boat, with no inboard engine and even sailed to Douarnenez several year back… impressing the Bretons no end! Also, if you want to see the future restoration of the 150 year old oyster boat ‘Shadow’ (the oldest survivor), then please support her restoration via

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