The National Maritime Museum is set to host boating tours in the summer, on one of its most prized Cornish boats.

The tours are set to run from July 15 until September 15 and will take just eight passengers around the Falmouth’s famous landmarks. With only two members of crew, this tour his hoped to be a first for its unmatched intimacy and depth in which it uncovers the town’s past.

Andy Wyke, boat collection manager, said: “Each season we moor a selection of our boats on to our pontoons for visitors to see but this is the first time we’ll be inviting visitors on board for a trip. It is a very exciting venture for us and we look forward to sharing even more about our collections and the area’s wonderful history.”

The historic vessel to be used for the tour is called Jonik, a boat that has been in the care of the National Maritime Museum for 18 years, since being donated by the previous owner. It was built by hand by Percy Clemens in Fowey in 1934, without the use of any power tools.

Tickets are £20 for adults and £12 for under 18s and include a day pass for the museum. For those with annual passports, an adult ticket is £15 and an under 18s ticket is £10.

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Historic Boat Tours have been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund for the next two years.

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