|Built in 1905, Lilly is the oldest Clovelly picarooner in existence.
She currently undergoing extensive restoration in our Southdown yard
The Clovelly Picarooner, a carvel built inshore
fishing boat, resembling something along the lines of a miniature
captains gig with sweet tumblehome, that evolved in the area of Clovelly
in North Devon.
The term picarooner, coming from Portugese,
meaning "sea robber", was coined because of the ability of these small
boats (ranging from 12-18ft) to fish two trips per tide when after
herring, whereas the bigger boats had to stay out for a whole day. The
result was bigger landings and better quality. Lilly was known to have
landed twice in one tide and on both occasions the boat was awash as she
entered the harbour, with herring to the level of the gunwale.