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Scillonian Pilot Gigs in Action

 Photographs © John H. Luxton 2005

BONNET the oldest Scillonian Pilot Gig - 1830.NORNOUR (1971) completes a practice run from Nut Rock to St. Mary's.Golden Eagle
The six-oared pilot gig is a rowing boat unique to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; the history of pilot gig racing can be traced back to the 1790ís. The vessels were built to convey pilots out to ships on the western approaches. They were built for speed and can also deploy sail. The tradition of racing developed from the competitive element between crews in getting their pilot out to the in bound ship.

The above photographs were taken on Monday August 3, which is a training night for crews. The runs from Nut Rock to the entrance to Hugh Town Harbour, St. Mary's.


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