History of Our Daddy

Our Daddy was built in Looe Cornwall in 1921 by local boat builder Dick Pearce. She was commissioned by the Pengelly family and built to join their fleet of fishing boats that included “Our Boys” and “Our Girls” hence the name “Our Daddy”.

A 45ft dipping Lugger, Our Daddy was the last sailing lugger to be built and to work out of Looe, Cornwall. Originally skippered by Alfred John Pengelly and more recently his son, she fished for some 65 years in the pilchard, mackerel and shark fishing industries.

Once owned by Mike Darlington and Stuart Murray; Mike, who fished on the boat with the legendary Alfred John Pengelly, said: `AJ told me: “One day, she will be yours.” But he forgot to say it would take 21 years…’

Our daddy was then purchased by Steve and Tim in 2014 with the sole intention of operating as a charter vessel. They spent over 3 years refitting her to her current high standard and were rewarded for their efforts with the coveted National historic ships award of “Flagship of the year” in 2017.  Presented by Princess Royal, Our Daddy becomes one of a select few allowed to fly a special pennant.

Skipper profile

Steve Styles and Tim Sunderland

Jointly owned and skippered by Steve Styles and Tim Sunderland. Both have been hands on doing all the renovation work so know almost every single nail and bolt on the boat.

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Life onboard

Our Daddy

Whether you wish to sit back enjoy the scenery and relax with a cool drink or take the helm and get involved in sailing the vessel either end of the spectrum or anywhere in between can be accommodated.

Read Our Daddy's Adventure Logs
The History of

Our Daddy

Our Daddy was built in Looe Cornwall in 1921 by local boat builder Dick Pearce. She was commissioned by the Pengelly family and built to join their fleet of fishing boats.

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