The Ship

The Grayhound is built by Marcus and Freya Pomeroy-Rowden and 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. The Grayhound carries a Category 0 license for world-wide travel and can carry ten to twelve passengers, a crew of five and is armed with two cannons.


The interior of Grayhound bears witness of the craftsmanship that imbuse the entire ship.The internal spaces are very well thought out, with a great deal of flexibility to accommodate all sorts of guest crew mixes, familys and a professional crew.

The Midship and forwards saloon

The Grayhound usually accommodates up to 10 people on a holiday voyage, 8 persons on a cargo run and up to twelve people for a day sail. If the Grayhound is hosting an event alongside she can take many more people on board. Bunks are dormitory style with a shower and two toilets. There is a communal eating area down below with a wide opening hatch so we can star gaze while eating. In hot climates we will be eating alfresco. Grayhound provides bed linen and heavy wet weather and safety gear.  

The Pilot House

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

The Galley & Food 

The galley is the heart of the ship and designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef. Meals are a highlight of the voyage, and the Grayhound have great tradition of food foraging, fresh produce, salads and wholesome meals with inspiration from maritime traditions and local cuisine. As the current owners and caretakers of the Grayhound we believe in a more sustainable world in which we learn from the past, live in the now and care for the future. We strive to serve healthy, organic and vegetarian food to as large extent as possible.

Ship Layout

Ship Specs

Call sign 2FMM5 
FlagGreat Britain 
Category0 – Unlimited 
Home PortFowely, 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 32 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)12
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 in 200 years. The well respected boat builder, Chris Rees, brought the plans of the 1776 Revenue Lugger Grayhound to the table, and also agreed to take on the design and head the build.

In December 2010 Marcus started to fell oak trees from 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 work life he built revenue, privateer and smuggling vessels, and the Grayhound was most probably built in Cawsand as a Revenue Lugger in 1776.

After the Grayhound was launched, she worked as a Revenue Lugger and was commissioned by the collector of customs of 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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