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What Ship? Where Bound?

25 September 2013

Tom Cunliffe presents the story of the sailing pilot cutters of Northern Europe at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

This lecture features the rise and the history of the pilot cutter which, with the possible exception of the clipper ship, must be the most charismatic working vessel ever built.


The cutters ventured far from their home ports and their ability to live and sail well in deep water had considerable influence on yacht design.

The pilots themselves were colourful characters. Interwoven with their story is an anecdotal account of Tom Cunliffe's 40-year love affair with these boats, including owning and voyaging in originals and replicas.  

Fully illustrated with images from magic-lantern slides to mega pixels.

Please call 01326 214546 for bookings. Doors & bar open from 6pm.

Lecture £9.50 (Members £8.50), with two course buffet £19.50 (Members £17.50).