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Lostwithiel Old Cornwall Society - A Boat Builder’s Story

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7:30pm

Location: Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel

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Tuesday November 27th at 7.30pm in the Church Hall ‘A Boat Builder’s Story’. By Gary Mitchell.

Gary, from Portmellon, designed many of the iconic fishing boats, both wood and fibreglass, seen around Cornwall. He was the principal designer of a range of fishing boats for Cygnus Marine of Falmouth. The Boat Builder of Gary's talk is his father, Percy Mitchell, described by Commander W B Luard as "One of the finest traditional boat builders in the world".

Born in 1901, Percy began at 14 as an apprentice with a local shipyard. He taught himself to design boats from an old encyclopaedia; later his designs included the Windstar which was often sailed in by King George V1. All are welcome to hear the story of, to quote from a review of Gary's book, "an extraordinary Cornish maritime talent".

This is the last meeting for 2018, during which we have enjoyed a wide range of interesting talks; ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’, ‘A Secret Army in Cornwall’, ‘The Vicar of Warleggan’, ‘Dartmoor Conchies’, The History of Polperro’ and ‘The Brontes Cornish Connection’.

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However this could be the LAST meeting of the Society; the Committee is desperately in need of new members to help to produce a talks programme for next year. Particularly needed is someone who could make contact with speakers by phone, by letter or email. If you are interested please contact Mary Jones on 01208 873 504or Val Strout on 01208 872 359

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