Sea Visitor. Blog by Stephen Perham, Harbour Master.

It had been a blustery day. Cold winds settling in from the harsh North West had filled the bay with a scattering of wild white horses; boats remained within the shelter of the pier unable to tend to their lobster pots or possible passengers.
As the early evening spread I settled down to read through an archived newspaper article concerning the fleeing from bankruptcy of Rowland Stephenson, a distinguished member of parliament, who had landed at Clovelly on the 31st of December in 1829 aboard the locally owned pilot cutter “Sally”.
My attention was drawn through the window to the arrival of a vessel from out of the uncomfortable billow into the sheltering Quay pool; on second glance I noticed it was a pilot cutter.
Here in Clovelly we have had the honour of being visited by a numerous and varied collection of craft over the years but few with such beauty and grace as this one, that only enhances its surroundings and fits so perfectly it could have easily been built for the place. The pilot cutter was the “Agnes”, built in 2003 by Luke Powell of Gweek in Cornwall. Luke set up his company “Working Sail” with the philosophy of keeping alive traditional vessels and traditional boat building skills; he very much believes in the poetry of maintaining our maritime heritage. The 46ft “Agnes” was built from the lines of the original 1841 Scilly Isles Pilot Cutter “Agnes” and today is available for sailing charters exploring the hidden creeks and bays of the Cornish, Welsh and Brittany coasts. “Agnes”, Luke and his crew spent a quiet night in the shelter of the harbour and the Red Lion bar before setting sail and heading up the Bristol Channel to the Welsh port of Barry, where she was to join the fleet sailing in the 80th pilot cutter race to Lundy