A Cornish gig club has named its latest vessel after an iconic tin mining landmark.
Pendeen Pilot Gig Club will launch Geevor from of Newlyn Habour next month.
The gig was named after Geevor near Pendeen, which closed as a working mine in 1990 and is now a preserved mining site and museum
Ladies’ Captain Debbie Sedgeman said members of the club had voted to name their new gig after the mine whose gears tower over the cliff top between Pendeen and Trewellard near St Just.
“It is such a huge achievement for the new gig to be delivered - it follows years and years of fundraising from a group of very dedicated people,” she said.
“It is testament to how hard everyone has worked to get a new gig built for the club.
“We are all looking forward to rowing Geevor and hope its arrival to Pendeen Pilot Gig Club will attract more people from the local community to come along and give gig rowing a try.”
Geevor will be launched on Sunday February 9 and the club has issued an open invitation to the community for people to witness its maiden voyage out into Mount’s Bay.
A spokesman for Geevor said it was “thrilled that the club chose the name and it tops off the most successful year ever”.
A popular tourist attraction, the site won a string of awards over the last year including the Winner of Winners accolade in the Cornwall Tourism Awards.
Sarah Nicholas, marketing manager, added: “To have a pilot gig named after the mine is a great honour and Geevor is pleased that the gig will be rowed and raced for many years.
“Geevor wishes Pendeen Pilot Gig Club the best of luck for the future and can’t wait to hear the shouts of ‘come on Geevor.’”
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