EVELYN - HISTORIC WORKING BOAT
In a great start to the 2023 season Evelyn came overall second in the Falmouth Working Boat Association Championships - an event to celebrate. This year in August Evelyn also celebrates her 125th Anniversary. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us. Read the blog post written by the NMMC in celebration of the working boats and Evelyn.
Evelyn was built in 1898 on the beach at Yard Point on the Restronguet Creek by Frank Hitchens, a master shipwright, for his son Tom. Constructed of pitch-pine planking on oak frames she was built with the specific aim of being the working boat to beat all others. 125 years on she continues to build on her illustrious history.
Evelyn is unique, a Falmouth working boat that has been used for oyster dredging in the Carrick Roads since the 19th century, and therefore part of a rich heritage. Her design adds to that uniqueness.
Having had many owners in her long life, today she is owned by The Roseland Syndicate. We are a group of devoted experienced sailors, and keen racers, who wish to preserve her working boat history and the heritage of the Falmouth Working Boats.
Evelyn races throughout the season and can be seen in the water mainly on Thursdays and Saturdays. With her black and yellow striped top-sail she is a sight to behold. An even more magnificent sight when surrounded by the whole fleet of working boats under sail.
“The glorious sight of these spectacular boats racing home and then moored up with mainsails and colourful topsails still set”