The Last Sail Of The Season for the St Ives Jumbo.
Both Jumbos “Celeste” & “William Paynter” recorded on their last sail of the season in St Ives Bay.
The Jumbo class was a late development in the history of the St.Ives fishery relecting a growing preference for smaller inshore boats. As such they represent the epitome of traditional sailing boat design resulting from generations of trial and error. The first were registered in 1885, although some may have been built earlier, and were engaged in netting herring and pilchard, hand-lining, and crabbing. By 1889 some 23 boats, varying radically in size and construction (including a converted ships’ lifeboat) were listed as ‘jumbos’.
Perhaps the reason the Jumbo faded so quickly from popular memory is that the class was so short-lived. Only 15 years after their emergence, the fishery was in rapid decline. By the 1920′s most had been broken up or sold away.
Lengthened and motorised, a few were given a new lease of life notably Hilda SS69 (formerly Margaret Roach) which was sold to Rye in 1945.
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about the St Ives Jumbo Association:
In December 2005 Jonny Nance launched a replica St.Ives punt in the harbour and, inspired by the response, decided to convene a meeting early in 2006 at which he presented his idea to replicate a ‘jumbo’ in order to initiate a heritage revival and a new racing class for the town. Jumbos were a class of inshore fishing lugger quite unique to St.Ives.
They were first registered in 1885 – the very end of the age of sail – and so represent the epitome of traditional sailing boat design in St.Ives resulting from generations of trial and error.
Today’s jumbos are replicas of one of the smallest of them and were researched and built by Jonny Nance to the lines of an original draft by the renowned St.Ives boat builder, William Paynter.
The St.Ives Jumbo Association, a community group of volunteers, was set up early in the following year with the aim of fundraising for a second jumbo in order to establish and promote the new Jumbo racing class.