Johanna Lucretia

This topsail schooner has been lovingly restored for guests to enjoy classic sailing weekends around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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The Johanna Lucretia is a two masted topsail schooner, built in Belgium in 1945. After two recent refits, this ship has the latest technology and provides a sound, comfortable voyage wherever you choose to go. She has been all over the world with a couple of different owners, from Gibraltar to the Caribbean to the East coast of the USA. Now, she sails mostly European waters, and will be found cruising around the Cornish coast during summer. With 14 berths in the form of comfortable double and twin cabins, Johanna Lucretia provides the utmost comfort while retaining her traditional nautical feel, thanks to the well cared for wooden interior below deck.

Join skipper Rodger Barton and his crew for several long weekends throughout the summer, where you will experience the quieter side of the Cornish summer via tall ship. Visit Poldark’s filming locations, secluded coves and traditional fishing villages, all while harnessing the wind to take in the dramatic Cornish coast.

Watch a short video of Johanna Lucretia as she sails around Falmouth Bay


  • Total number of berths : 14
  • Guest berths : 10
  • Bathrooms : 3
  • Builder : Rhoose Shipyard, Belgium
  • Year built : 1945
  • Displacement : 50.75 tons
  • Length overall : 29.20m / 96'
  • Draft : 3m / 9'3''
  • Air draft : 23.50m / 77'1''
  • Beam : 5.50m / 18'1''
  • Rig : Top Sail Schooner
  • Sail area : 374.2m² / 4027′²
  • Number of Sails : 8
  • Engine : 310hp Volvo Penta
  • Crew : 4 (+2)
  • Charter berths : 16
  • What language is spoken on board?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are two double cabins, one twin cabin and one cabin that will sleep four people. There is the option to have a double to yourself, but this includes a 30% surcharge.

  • Do I need special insurance?

    Yes - sailing insurance is not included in the price and you must have it in order to come aboard.

  • Are meals included?

    Yes, all meals are included within the price of your voyage. Please let the VentureSail team know of any dietary requirements in advance of your trip

  • What are the bathrooms like?

    There are two bathrooms (these are called Heads on a boat), you can take a hot water shower and the toilets are a pump flush.

Skipper profile

Rodger Barton

Owner and Skipper of the Johanna Lucretia, a topsail schooner based in Fowey, Rodger has cared for this ship since 2008 after making some serious repairs and transformed her into the striking topsail schooner she is today.

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Life onboard

Johanna Lucretia

Our Topsail schooner, Johanna Lucretia continues the tradition of ‘Block n Tackle’ sailing, her cargoes replaced with trainees and passengers seeking the thrill and experience of sailing on a traditional wooden sailing ship.

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The History of

Johanna Lucretia

The Johanna Lucretia was built in 1945 at the Rhoose shipyard in Ghent, Belguim. Although originally built as a fishing vessel she was never used for this purpose and laid as a completed hull and deck for a number of years before being sold in 1952.

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