1921 Looe Lugger

Unique opportunity to stay aboard this piece of Cornish maritime history during her centenary year!

Our Daddy was built in East Looe in 1921 by Richard Pearce and is rumoured to be the last Looe Lugger built on sailing lines. Alfred Pengelly, her first owner and part of a family who had fished in Cornwall for over 200 years, named her ‘Our Daddy’ in his own honour (she was originally skippered by his son, and the family already had two other Luggers, ‘Our Boys’ and ‘Our Girls’). She spent 65 years in the pilchard, mackerel and herring-fishing industries, before becoming a private yacht.

In recent years Our Daddy has undergone major restoration work, and is in great shape for a lady of her age! She was awarded ‘Regional Flagship of the Year’ by National Historic Ships in 2017 (an honour reserved for just four boats per annum), and the effort put in by her current owners to transform her has been astonishing. She was converted from ‘dandy rig’ back into a true lugger for the first time in 70 years, the accommodation was completely remodelled and improved, and extensive work was carried out to the hull and deck to give her a new lease of life.

For the year of her 100th birthday, Our Daddy is alongside in Charlestown Harbour and available to book for self-catering holidays with a difference! Moored in the heart of the historic inner harbour, a stone’s throw from the beaches, bars and eateries, this is your chance to experience staying on board without needing your sea legs!

Vital Stats

Length Overall: 13.9m

Beam: 4.08m

Draft: 2.13m

Air Draft: 16m

Residential guest capacity: 6


Staying Aboard

Our Daddy sleeps 6 in single bunks, with high thread-count 100% cotton sheets as standard, for that touch of luxury! Sociable and cosy, the ship is perfect for a break with friends or family. There is a shower on board, and a private toilet on the quay for guests’ exclusive use. This is glamping at it’s very best.

Basic cooking facilities are available in Our Daddy’s galley kitchen: induction hobs, kettle, microwave, fridge (although it’s far too easy to be tempted by all the fantastic restaurants and pop-ups on the Harbour). We’ll ensure there are all the basics on board for you, plus a few little treats to make your stay extra special!

The whole boat will be yours for the duration of your stay, so you can sunbathe on deck and enjoy watching the world go by, or go out adventuring to the Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fowey, Mevagissey and all the secret spots the South Cornish Coast has to offer. You’ll have a reserved parking space, so you can come and go as you please.

The Harbour Team will be on call should you need them, but otherwise Our Daddy will be your own private hideaway in the heart of one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations.

Check availability and book here.

We look forward to welcoming you on board!