Four Falmouth Classics nominated in magazine's annual awards

Falmouth Packet:

Four of the 2019 Falmouth Classics fleet and one skipper have been nominated for awards by Classic Boat, an international marine publication for heritage and classic craft.

The four vessels are Merita, Curlew, Kathleen and Gleaner and her shipwright and owner Spike Davies.

Don Garman, vice chairman and director of Falmouth Classic Association, said: “The association is delighted to see that Falmouth and the Classics is once again very well presented in the 2020 awards and we would encourage participants of both Falmouth Classics 2020 and past events to get behind the shortlisted boats and shipwright.

"I am looking forward to representing the Falmouth Classics Association at the awards ceremony on March 31 at the Royal London Thames Club and wish our candidates every success.”

Merita, a classic motor boat, was built in Mevagissey in 1936 by W Frazier and Son in the building now housing Mevagissey Museum.

She was built for an owner in St Just in Roseland and returned to the west country last year and won the prize for the best presented motor boat participating in the Classics Parade of Sail and Power.

The Falmouth Quay Punt Curlew was built in 1912 in Jacketts Yard off the High Street, but soon after launch experienced a down turn in servicing visiting ships and was registered as a fishing boat.

For five years in the 1920s she was owned by the artist Henry Scott Tuke and used as a floating studio. She was later converted to a yacht and ended up in Portu....

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