Traditional Sailing Boats

Cornish Maritime Trust

Dedicated to the preservation, education and enjoyment of Cornwall’s maritime heritage

Barnabas, Soft Wing, Ellen, Silver Stream

Historic Working Boats

We preserve Cornwall’s maritime heritage by maintaining and sailing working vessels from the days of sail. We work to educate people about our maritime heritage, to train people in the skills associated with sailing, restoration and maintenance, and to share our enjoyment of sailing these unique boats.

help us preserve our oldest boat -- Barnabas

Donate To Our Mast Fund

Each donation helps replace the masts on Barnabas

Sail with us!

Join the Trust

By becoming a member of the Cornish Maritime Trust, you will be joining a community and helping to preserve Cornwall’s extraordinary maritime heritage.


Barnabas is the only survivor from St Ives of the thousand-strong fleet of lug rigged seine and drift net fishing boats registered at Cornish ports at the end of the 19th century.

MEMBER’s reviews


Joining the trust was a fantastic decision. I meet so many interesting people on the boats and get to see the Cornish coast from a different viewpoint.
Mark Branigan
Involving the local community


The Cornish Maritime Trust has established an education programme to encourage kids (and adults) from the local community to learn about, and sail, our traditional boats; thereby keeping alive the skills require to sail and maintain this historic fleet.

Being custodians of our living heritage


Historic traditional wooden boats by their nature need constant maintenance. As a Trust we are dedicated to passing on the skills needed to preserve this way of sailing and the boats we sail in.

Recording and passing on skills


From basic seamanship to mentoring you through RYA qualifications and all aspects of maintenance, the Trust provides access to training and practical experiences for people of all ages.

The Trust


Artist In Residence

Internationally renowned, award-winning artist, Vicki Norman is a keen sailor and CMT’s Artist in Residence.

Vicki is dedicating her year’s residency with CMT to capturing life and heritage skills aboard the Trust’s historic boats which grace local the waters.

Barnabas and Softwing Renovation

We are planning the renovations and applying for the funding to renovate Barnabas and Softwing so they can be sailed by the next generation of Trust members.

National Historic Ships

National Historic Ships and the Trust are working together to document all aspects of sailing a "lug rig" vessel. By sharing these skills, we will help preserve the knowledge of how to sail luggers.

Newlyn Harbour
Old Quay

As Barnabas and Silver Stream are moored in the Old Quay in Newlyn Harbour, the Trust are part of the group investigating how to make best use of one of the oldest harbours in the UK.

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