This sailing fishing boat was used to catch pilchards, mackerel and herring off the coast of Devon and Cornwall.
The picarooner hull form was developed, as did so many coastal craft, from the nature of the working requirements and stability. Deep hulled for capacity and ability to sail in the prevailing sea conditions. The steep transom reflects the wave pattern along the north Devon and Cornwall coast, and the word ‘picarooner’ derived from the days of piracy.
A picarooner was an opportunist also, beating the big ships out of harbour on the way to the fishing grounds. This little boat is the only surviving picarooner in the world capable of being operated, she is still seaworthy and we are very proud to own her.
Sunshine was kindly donated to the collection by Mr I. J. Constance of Bideford, Devon.