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Original family owner's comments : Dipping the lug
FY 59: An engineless 40' dipping lugger built in 1903 for Longmail of Mevagissey. She has a beam of 11' 6" and draft of 5' 6" and her home port is Penryn.
She was restored in 1998 by her present owner Deena Russell after acquiring her from Martin Heard's yard where she had been abandoned.
We have an interesting response to this page from a family member who once owned Reliance and he has agreed to the inclusion of his comments:-
"I am very interested to have found information on your site about the Reliance. I believe she is the same boat that was owned by my family from about 1903 – 1937. I have a watercolour showing her moored in Mevagissy in 1932, it was given to my Grandfather Henry Hunkin by the artist, Ronald Grey, to thank him for taking him aboard on some trips. The boat in my picture seems to have the same lines and is even the same colour as the one on your site.
All of the information I have is by word of mouth so may not be accurate. I was told the Reliance was built by Dick Pill of Gorran Haven for my Great Grandfather Henry Hunkin to replace an earlier boat, the Reaper which was lost on rocks in a storm while moored off Mevagissy, this was before the outer harbour was built. She passed to my Grandfather, also called Henry, when his father died. My Grandfather then fished with her out of Mevagissy with a crew of three. At this time she had two engines, from the painting I see that although she retained both masts there was no bowsprit but there are sails lying on the deck.
When his mother died my Grandfather sold the boat to another fisherman in west Cornwall, possibly in Newlyn. He then had a crabber built by Percy Mitchell of Portmellon, married and moved to Gorran Haven where he continued fishing.
Until now I had no idea the Reliance still existed. I am delighted to see she is in good hands and that she has been restored to what is presumably her original condition. I have enough experience to know what a massive amount of work that must have been.
I would like to find out for certain whether she is the same boat and to learn more about her and her history. If possible would of course like to see her one day - Regards, Edward Rice"
Dipping the lug:
Reliance showing the complex sequence of dipping her lug and going about at a Mousehole "Sea Salts and Sail" festival: