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FY 233: An engineless 40' Looe lugger based in Gweek in Cornwall and owned by Jono and Judy Brickhill and built in 1911 by Peter Ferris of Looe for Mr. W Pengelly. She has an overall length of 72' a beam of 12'10" and draft of 5'10" and has since sailed extensively across the oceans.
A pilchard driver and long liner she fished out of various East Cornwall harbours until being sold on to the Solent in 1966.
She has a dipping lug and worked by sail and oar only and was bought in 1977 from Ted Williams in Fareham Creek and restored by the present owners. She was worked by Ted and was then named "Guidez-Moi" and had a 6LW Gardner engine with a Parsons gearbox and a 42" prop. There was a single cylinder Lister as a generator with the exhaust through the hollow mast. The stern which had been cut off to get her to length has since been restored by Jono Brickhill. The owner before Ted was a Charles Williams who was apparently not known to be related.
In 1988 the Brickhills sailed via the Douarnenez Festival to Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, La Palma and on to Brazil. They returned via Cape Town in South Africa and then later back to America.
A very fast sailing vessel carrying ample sail as some of the following pictures illustrate.
Guide Me at anchor off Ganilly in the Scillies summer 2011 when she turned 100. (And Tomboy sailing in) - Kindly donated by Judy Brickhill.
A photograph of Guide Me taken on 19th September 2007 at Gweek by Martin Halley who has the copyright but kindly allowed it's inclusion:
Some archive pictures of Guide Me sailing:
The following pictures were mainly taken at the Looe Lugger Regatta in June 2003:
These are at Douarnenez 2004 and later:
At anchor off Ganilly in the Scillies summer 2011 when she turned 100. (and Tomboy sailing in.) - With our thanks to Judy Brickhill