Keep “Peel Castle” Sailing

€5,970 of €20,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 15 months
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.

For more information on Peel castle please visit our facebook page:
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Get your name on a Peel Castle deck nail and be entered into the Deck Nail Prize draw!

We have raised €5,510 so far which has allowed us to overhaul the masts and rigging, make a cover for the boat to protect her during the winter and allow work to continue when the rain comes as it always does in Ireland! We have also purchased the wood for the new deck. The Siberian Larch which will be used for Peel Castle's new deck was milled into planks today and is ready to be brought out to the boat. Work on the removing the old deck is well underway. Many thanks to all our supporters of our Go Fund Me campaign that helped make this possible!

However, now we have the deck wood, we need over 2000 deck nails at an estimated cost of approx. €1,000. To this end Cork Whale Watch which allows you to experience World Class Whale Watching in Ireland ( and Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Irelands premier Sea Kayaking Company ( have both kindly donated 2 vouchers each to raffle.

Anyone that has donated to the Peel Castle Go Fund Me page so far and anyone who donates between now and the end of September 2018 will get their name on a deck nail that will be used in the deck and they will be entered into the draw!

Good Luck everyone and thank-you again for your support to Get Peel Castle Sailing Again!

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Thank you so much to all who have donated so far. We've reached 25% of our target and have been working hard on the hull, rigging and masts. We're afloat again but still have a long way to go before we'll be sailing. We've raised enough to complete the mast and rigging overhaul and are halfway to being able to order the wood for the new deck (we just need another €2000 for the deck wood). Your support is greatly appreciated and please keep spreading the word and sharing the link. Thanks again,

Jennifer x
Thanks to Emma Jervis for the fab video
Keep Peel Castle Sailing!
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€5,970 of €20,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 15 months
Created April 27, 2017
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Dave Tomson
12 days ago

Bang in a nail for me. One day i hope to get a sail on her! Dave from Pier Head. Heir island

Penelope Wistle
14 days ago

Thank you Graham for 12 years of adventures and joy aboard the Peel Castle. Here's to many more....Sail on.....

Diana Holder
17 days ago

Hope the weather smiles on your work x x d

Oisin Creagh
13 months ago

Looking forward to seeing her back sailing soon. Best of luck with the ongoing work.

David & Jeanne Latham
13 months ago

Good luck! Loadsa work....but worth it!

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