Falmouth Marine School, part of the Cornwall College Group, who built the replica of a Grand Banks Dory shown in our photograph, asked if the school would hold a raffle, featuring the Dory as the main prize, to raise money for local children's charity, Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) which cares for youngsters with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Tickets for the raffle cost £2 and are available from Falmouth Marine School reception, or can be ordered via a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and the winners will be announced at the Colleges Community Open Day on the May 27. As the name suggests the Grand Banks Dory’s main purpose was to fish for cod off the coasts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The earliest documentation of the dory was in North America is 1710, the boats were between 5 and 10 metres in length and constructed of pine.
The boats were originally used by the French fishermen; typically there were two men in each dory. They would land their catch into the mother ship which would have been a Grand Banks Schooner. This vessel was born out a necessity to catch fish. It was of a very practical design, one feature for instance was its ability to be stacked 8 high one inside the other on the deck of the schooner. Whilst working in Canada, Course Tutor Adrian Grigg was fortunate enough to row and sail these fantastic boats. He observed:
“The two man Banks Dory which we are raffling for charity is a very seaworthy and stable craft still being built today in Nova Scotia for fishing and pleasure purposes. It is propelled by sail, oars or motor. It was a privilege to build a dory with the Falmouth Marine School Apprentices and wonderful that we can raise money for charity now the project is complete.”
In 1830, there were thought to be between six hundred and a thousand of these small boats fishing in the waters off Newfoundland. This coast is well noted for its severe weather and fog banks this led on occasions to the dories being separated from the mother ships and the two man crew arriving, after a journey that can only be imagined, in Ireland three weeks later. Truly this job was not for the faint hearted. Boatbuilding apprentice Stacey Lozynski commented:
“I think it is fantastic we are able to raise money for the Children Hospice, I have two young boys and know how much they need and want, but just to put a smile on someone's face is great. I feel like I have learnt a lot from the whole process. I have never seen a boat built from scratch, so to be involved in building one was a fantastic experience. Being able to then see that being used for such a good cause is the icing on the cake.”
Runners up may not be too disappointed however as the second prize winner won’t be stuck on dry land and will get the opportunity of a powerboat trip around the coast of Falmouth whilst third prize is a three-month gym membership at Cornwall College Camborne or St Austell campus.
Photo: The boatbuilding team of Stacey Lozynski, Fred Tucker, Jake Dunn, and Sam Wacher-Carne show off their work.