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* News 2012 - Ibis towed into Newlyn 05/09/2012
IBIS (Historically registered under FY 119, PZ 149 and finally FY 519) is a 42 footer with a 13 ft beam and was built in 1930 by Percy Mitchell, of Porthmellon, near Mevagissey, for the two Lakeman brothers as a motor powered boat.
Her original power for pilchard drifting and long-lining was two 7-h.p Kelvin engines and a sails with a dipping lug. In 1960, the Lakeman family sold her on to Newlyn where she continued fishing under Dick Sampson "Johnny Conger".
By the mid-1960s she was sold again and worked as a crabber for various owners out of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Plymouth. In 1970, Robin Gavin discovered her in Weymouth and set about having her refitted at Philip’s yard, Dartmouth retaining her pitch pine planking on oak frames.
Herbie Uren bought her in 1975 and worked her for mackerel and crab out of Porthleven and three years later Paul Greenwood acquired her and refitted her including the 30th engine of her lifetime.
Originally, he used her for shark angling, mackerel fishing and trawling out of Looe, but by the middle of the 1980s, the Scottish Seiners had wiped out the mackerel industry and the advent of the newer, faster trawlers, with more offshore potential, meant luggers like the Ibis could no longer compete.
So after 58 years, her commercial fishing career had come to an end but in 1989, Paul decided to get her back under full sail. In 2001 she was sold to Martin Pomeroy of Brixham, and stayed in Torbay, being later owned by Andrew Clemants of Dartmouth, before being bought be the present owner Lee Moody who has a website with a good page on the history of the Ibis and some fascinating comments and memories from Francis McWilliams who worked in the early 1960's fishing from West Cornwall. Lee Moody also appears to have a website Revival of Working Sail Ltd.
The Sennen Cove Relief Tamar Class Lifeboat `Victor Freeman` launched at 0908 on 5th September 2012 to assist the traditional sailing lugger `Ibis` with 2 persons on board reported in trouble on a lee shore in the vicinity of Pendeen.
The `Ibis` was located at anchor in Morvah Bay, about a mile east of Portheras Cove and about 1 cable from the cliff. The vessel had no engine or working radio and had had his sails blown out in the fresh onshore north easterlies. The `Ibis` had been at anchor overnight and had been unable to summon help due to no radio and no mobile signal; however a text message to a friend did eventually get through and HM Coastguard were alerted. St Ives Lifeboat was also tasked as the exact position of the `Ibis` was unknown. Vessel taken under tow for Newlyn, arriving at 1245; `Victor Freeman` returned to Sennen Cove at 1400.
Weather:- fine; wind northeasterly force 4-5 with a slight sea. (Information from the Sennen Cove lifeboat station website)
The Ibis continued on her way leaving Newlyn harbour at about 0900 on 6th September 2012 with sails hoisted in calm seas. She was helped clear the gaps by a friendly fisherman.