Keep “Peel Castle” Sailing

Are you interested in preserving our maritime history? Today, we are raising funds to enable us to keep Peel Castle sailing. Peel Castle is a traditional fishing lugger built in 1929 with an amazing history.

She originally fished the waters between Cornwall and the South of Ireland until she was requisitioned for harbor defense patrol during World War II. She survived the war and returned to fishing in Brixham and Fleetwood, UK until the late seventies when she was decommissioned.  She was rescued by her current owner, shipwright Graham Bailey in 1999 in Holyhead, Wales and was taken to West Cork, Ireland where he commenced a major rebuild. Since then she has been sailing and visiting Maritime museums and festivals at home and abroad where she has attracted a lot of attention.

Graham has dedicated the last 18 years to preserving this important piece of maritime history and giving people an opportunity to get involved in sailing a traditional lugger. 2017 marks Peel Castle’s 88th year and he believes the best way to preserve a wooden boat is to keep her sailing.

So far Peel Castle has been completely self-financed but her future is uncertain. The reality is that to maintain a vessel of this size takes enormous energy and commitment and costs a considerable amount of money. We are using this crowd funding campaign to look for donations to help give Peel Castle a well-deserved new hardwood deck and long awaited top-sail.  In addition, we need to refurbish all rigging and safety gear. The overall cost of this project is €20,000 to cover wood, sail cloth, boatbuilding materials and new safety equipment. All work will be carried out by Graham and interested volunteers. Any size of donation will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We hope you can join us in preserving this wonderful lugger for future generations and we look forward to welcoming you aboard when we are in your locality.

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    • €75 
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    • €50 
    • 25 mos
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    • €100 
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