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A Boatbuilders Story by Percy Mitchell

Born in 1901, Percy Mitchell, of Portmellon, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, was variously described by some of his more technically qualified contemporaries as “one of the finest traditional boat builders in the world” and as “an artist in wood”.  He left elementary school at the age of 14 just after the outbreak of World War I, and a year later commenced his apprenticeship at the local boatbuilding firm of Roberts and Co. at a wage of 3 shillings a week, working from 6.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, and until 1pm on Saturdays.  Fishing boats were just beginning to have auxiliary engines fitted and he took an active part in subsequent alterations to luggers to accommodate these engines. - See more at: 


Brand new 2014.  Added Chapter from his son about his boat designing years.


 172 pages  
18 x 25cm


£12.50 plus £3.95 p&p inside uk £6.00 added outside UK