Picarooner off Clovelly

Picarooner off Clovelly

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A limited edition giclee print of 495. 21 x 14.5 inches approximately.

 A Picarooner lies off the village of Clovelly while the crew sort out their nets. The village was, and still is, renowned for its herrings. Picarooners were fishing boats with a standing and dipping lug sail that were unique to Clovelly and nearby Bucks Mills. They were built in the 19th century and named 'Picarooners' from the Spanish for 'sea pirate' because, on a rising tide, they could sail whilst heavier boats were still aground and so 'steal' the heavier boats catch.

Clovelly is on the rugged North Devon coast and built in the broad sweep of Bideford Bay so that it is sheltered from the prevailing south westerly winds. The huge quay wall was constructed in the 14th century and protects the small harbour from the Atlantic rollers.