Our Boys

Our Boys is a 42′ dipping lugger, built in Looe in 1904 by Dick Pearce for the Woodrow Pengelly family. Named ‘Our Boys’ after the first owner’s seven sons, she was involved in commercial drift-net fishing for pilchards and mackerel from Looe, until decommissioned in 1978. In the 1960s, she was skippered by Bill Pengelly, one of only five motorised former luggers still working from Looe. The others were Our Daddy, Guide Me, Iris and Eileen. In 1980 she was restored to a yacht with dipping lug rig and then used as a leisure yacht with some chartering on the Solent and West Country. In 1991, she was found on the Isle of Wight and restored by George and Sue Dart from Seaton, Devon. Here, she was used for private cruises from Axmouth. Mike Cotton then brought her back to Looe in 1999, where she was then owned by Paul and Maggie Greenwood who returned her to the traditional Looe colours in 2002. In 2009 she was awarded a sustainability grant from National Historic Ships, towards a new engine when she was based in Milford Haven and has undergone considerable restoration since then. She is now owned by Phil Cogdell and based in Weir Quay, Devon.

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