Launch of Jane Slade Project

Jane Slade Project launch poster

We are excited to share some information about the launch of a project to build a new schooner based on the 19th century ship ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’.

The project is being started by Nikki Alford who owns Bessie Ellen, one of Britain’s last wooden coasting ketches, which has Fowey as her home port and Sean McLaughlin.

The original ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’ was built in Polruan by the Slade family at our boat yard in 1870 and operated as a successful fruit schooner. She was also the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s first novel ‘The Loving Spirit’.

The aim is to build a new schooner which will provide traditional sail training and maritime education whilst also carrying cargo and passengers. The new ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’ will be a community boat and a focus for people on the River Fowey and the St Austell Bay area.

There will be a community meeting on Sunday 5th February at the Russell Inn in Polruan between 12.00 and 16.00 to launch the project and Nikki and Sean are inviting everyone who is interested to pop in to hear about the plans and share their thoughts and ideas

Job Vacancies in the boatyard

C Toms & Son boatyard in Polruan

We are having a busy start to 2017 in the boatyard and currently have the following job vacancies:



We are looking for an experienced marine engineer to add to our engineering team. You will be working on a wide range of projects including new builds, repair and maintenance for commercial vessels and servicing our car and passenger ferries. Hydraulic engineering experience would be an advantage.



We need an electrician to work on client projects across the business including planning and wiring new vessels, repairing and refurbishing commercial boats, servicing our ferries and repairs and servicing of yachts.



The Works Manager will be involved in assisting the Directors in operations across the business. Key responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing ordering and the running of the stores
  • Working on the management of client projects in the boatyard
  • Meeting clients in the absence of the Operations Director
  • Working with the Directors on health and safety for the yard and ferries
  • Managing work patterns on the ferries

Marine industry experience is an advantage but not essential.



As an apprentice working alongside our team of experienced welders you will be trained in all types of welding procedures as well as attending college one day a week to obtain your academic qualifications.

You will work as part of a team building new boats and repairing a range of commercial vessels. You will also assist the yard management team in day to day yard activities.

Engineering related qualifications would be an advantage.


Salary for each role negotiable depending on experience.

Please apply with CV and covering to or call the office on 01726 870232 or Paul Toms on 07854 705392 for more information.