Brixham Sailing Trawlers
Brixham at one time had one of the largest fishing fleets in Britain . Now only five Brixham sailing trawlers exist in Britain; VIGILANCE; LEADER; PILGRIM; PROVIDENT and REGARD. Brixham was the birthplace of the sailing trawler, a design that formed the backbone of the British fishing industry in the days of sail. Their graceful lines, strength and speed made them unique. No other type of vessel was capable of towing the heavy trawl gear in all conditions, or was capable of carrying the catch as swiftly to market.
The ‘Leader' is one of the last of the legendary Brixham sailing trawlers. More than a century after she first set sail as a working fishing vessel, Leader nowadays cruises along the southern coasts of Devon and Cornwall, and is available for private hire and charter, or just for couples, singles, friends and families.
Leader was built by the yard of AW Gibbs at Galmpton Creek.
The History of Brixham
The Trawlers of Brixham