“Gypsy Queen” Yarmouth Lugger


This model has been designed after extensive research into the construction and history of the Luggers of the East coast of England. Hull Size: Length 1004mm / Beam: 325mm

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Plan (Single Sheet). This model of “Gypsy Queen” Yarmouth Lugger has been designed after extensive research into the construction and history of the Luggers of the East coast of England.


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Designed by Mike Mayhew of Waverley Models

The plan is a single sheet and has no details of the Hull as the available FG Hull has much detail already moulded in place. The precast shaft log allows a wing engine to be fitted and a shaft and prop unit is available together with an “A” bracket. Hull Size: Length 1004mm / Beam: 325mm

Available: Plan SH2024B Hull HULSH2024B Set SETSH2024B

About The Gypsy Queen AND lUGGERS

Coastal Sailing Craft 1871-1904

The Gypsy Queen was a typical mid-century Yarmouth lugger. The centre or main mast disappeared to give more space for net handling whilst the fore and mizzen masts became larger. Built-in 1859 she registered 20 tons, 60 ft long and beam 17 ft. The heavy foremast stepped in a tabernacle, is rigged with a large dipping lug with three lines of reef points; the tack is hooked to a short iron bar on the stemhead and the sheet is carried well aft to the mizzen thwart. There is no standing rigging and all the support for the mast comes from heavy hemp rope reeving through large blocks. This support comprised a heavy forestay consisting of a burton, hooked to the stemhead, and a halliard and burton, set up on the weather side of the mast. The halliard had to be shifted over every time the boat went about. The forestay was also used to lower the mast onto its matchboard (a corruption of midships board). The mizzen mast also stepped in a tabernacle, set a standing lug. This sail had little of its area forward of the mast and was always set to port irrespective of the tack the vessel was working on. It was sheeted through a single block at the end of the large 31 ft stern outrigger, to a purchase inboard. The topsail completed the normal working canvas on the mizzen. Apart from the large bowsprit which could easily be run inboard to rest on the deck, other noticeable features include the large conical capstan and lumber irons. The latter, 1 ft iron rings, were mounted on the quarter rails and were used for the storage of spars, sweeps, sails and boathooks. She had a crew of from eight to twelve. When fishing, she was put before the wind and, if possible, across the tide, and the many fathoms of net and warp were shot over the side. When all the nets were clear, another 20 fathoms of the warp were paid out as a swing rope and the lugger was brought head to wind. The foresail was taken in and the mast lowered and a small drift mizzen set and sheeted home amidships. Finally, as the operation had commenced at sunset, lights were hoisted. After about four hours, the process of hauling in began. The warp was led through a block to the capstan and as it was slowly hauled in the nets were disconnected, buoys and seizings were dealt with and the fish shaken from the nets into the hold. This work required considerable labour but perhaps that of the capstan men, tramping round and round for hours on end, was the most back­breaking and monotonous. In good weather this work was hard enough but, in a heavy nor’easter with sleet and hail squalls and the violent rolling and pitching of the vessel, it must have been well-nigh intolerable.

Please note that all plans are printed to order and as such we are unable to accept returns.


Hull Size: Length 1004mm / Beam: 325mm


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