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Thursday 7 April 2011


Well at least I think that this delightful open, half decked cutter is a Tosher.

Tosher's were I believe a common Mevagissey fishing boat, certainly I've seen pictures of similar boats which were built by master boatbuilder Percy Mitchell of Portmellon, but it could equally be a Polperro Gaffer or Falmouth working boat.

I spotted this one lying to a mooring off Bodinnick Boatyard across the river from Fowey in Cornwall. On the left of the picture below is another Percy Mitchell Tosher "Dolphin" with the white hull, she was restored by Peter Williams of Bodinnick boatyard a few years ago and appeared in Classic Boat magazine.

An original 1930's Percy Mitchell Tosher was offered for sale last year by another Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis, which in it's unrestored form had a similar colour scheme, so this may be the same boat now restored, if anyone has any information please drop me an email.
Apologies for the poor quality photographs, they were taken on a misty morning with the strong sunlight breaking through, that's my excuse, but it was a glorious spring morning.

1 comment:

  1. Update from Peter Williams at Bodinnick Boatyard.

    "Hi Blogger

    The Tosher is called Mary, recently refurbished by me - Peter Williams.

    The customer had seen the Dolphin article and wanted a similar fit out done.

    New decks, bulkheads, transom top, coamings, winches, rigging etc. - shes around 1900 i believe.

    She is going to live in Plymouth.


    Thanks for the update Peter