The Ship

Grayhound was built by Marcus and Freya Pomeroy-Rowden. She was launched on the 4th of August 2012. She is a 5/6th scale replica of a three-masted Customs Lugger built in 1776 in Cawsand, Cornwall, UK. Grayhound carries a Category 0 licence for world-wide travel. She can carry 10 passengers and a crew of 5. She is armed with two cannons.


The interior of Grayhound bears witness to the craftsmanship that characterises the entire ship. The internal spaces are very well thought-out, with a great deal of flexibility to accommodate guests, families and a professional crew.

The Midship and forwards saloon

Grayhound accommodates up to 12  people on a day sail, 10 on a holiday voyage and 8 on a cargo run. If Grayhound is hosting an event at the harbour-side she can take many more on board. She has two toilets. Bunks are dormitory-style, and bed linen is provided. There is a shower for occasional use. Grayhound provides heavy wet-weather and safety gear. We have a communal eating area below with a wide hatch so we can star-gaze while eating. In hot climates we eat alfresco.  

The Pilot House

The pilot house at deck level is large and serves many purposes. It is a main route to below deck, chart-room for navigating, daytime shelter with large windows, a place to change clothes and shift to night vision before night watch and, most importantly, as a chill-out area and gathering spot for aperos and meals. It is situated just a few steps up from the galley.

The Galley & Food 

The galley is the heart of the ship and is designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef. Meals are a highlight of the voyage. Grayhound has a great tradition of using fresh produce and of foraging, producing wholesome meals inspired by local cuisine and maritime traditions. We serve healthy, organic and vegetarian food.  

Ship Layout

Ship Specs

Call sign 2FMM5 
FlagGreat Britain 
Category0 – Unlimited 
Home PortFowey, UK 
LOA (Length overall)63ft 6”19.57m
Total Length -including Bowsprit & Outrigger108ft33m
Beam19 ft 5”5,92m
Draught10 ft ’9”2,8 m
Air Draugth 105ft32 m
Tonnage 60 tonnes
Sail area -Three masted lug rig3500 sq ft470 m2
Loading Capacity5 tons + 2 barrels
EngineBeta Marine, 90 Hp 
GeneratorBeta Marine, 12,3 kVa 
Fuel Tanks 1600L 
Water Tanks1200 L + Water maker 
Armament2 × 6-pounder guns 
Sound system4x 140W Speakers 
Professional Crew5
Voyage crew /Passengers (more for day sails)10
Heads 2

The Build

In 2010, Freya and Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden decided to build an English version of a three-masted lugger – something that hadn’t been done for 200 years. The well-respected boat-builder, Chris Rees, brought the plans of the 1776 Revenue Lugger, Grayhound, to the table. He agreed to take on the design and head the build.

In December 2010 Marcus started to fell oak trees in his mum’s fields. Fairlie Restorations fed Chris Rees’ plans into their computer and produced the structural assessments, stability information and… 

The History

James Butterworth oil painting of a three masted 18 century privateer lugger being chased by a customs ship in dramatic seas.

Towards the end of the 16th century the boat-builder, John F. Parkin, was living at Cawsand Bay in East Cornwall. Parkin had a reputation for building fast coastal craft. During his working life he built revenue, privateer and smuggling vessels. Grayhound was most probably built in Cawsand as a Revenue Lugger in 1776.

After Grayhound was launched she was commissioned by the collector of customs in St Ives. As a Revenue Lugger her work involved patrolling and chasing smugglers. On catching them…

“When I went sailing with the Grayhound I knew I had booked a trip to another place, but I didn’t know I booked a trip to another time!” – Milla Lahtinen

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