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Punt celebrating 100th birthday
The Curlew - Picture copyright Colin Ross
Curlew will be moored by the museum for the summer
Cornwall's National Maritime Museum is marking the 100th birthday of one of its most famous boat exhibits by holding a parade for it.

The museum acquired the Curlew, a 1905 Falmouth Quay 28ft (8.5m) punt, two years ago. Since then she has undergone a complete restoration.

She has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and Antarctica.

She will be put back into Falmouth Harbour on Saturday.

Maritime heritage

Curlew was built in Falmouth by well-known local builder RS Burt.

She was worked and raced in Falmouth by Frank Jose until 1936, changing hands a number of times until she was purchased - derelict in Malta - by Pauline and Tim Carr in 1967.

From there she was taken to Antarctica, but was donated to the museum by the Carrs after concerns she would deteriorate further due to climactic conditions.

The museum said that bringing Curlew back to her roots was a momentous occasion in Falmouth's maritime heritage.

She was renovated at the museum's storage facility at Ponsharden by a team of volunteers.

Museum boat collections manager Andy Wyke said: "Curlew is not only a tribute to the longevity of the Falmouth boats of her time, but she also stands as the most well travelled vessel, of her kind, in the world."

On Saturday, the Falmouth Quay Punt Association will escort Curlew, under sail, in the parade.

After that, she will be moored alongside the museum for the rest of the summer season.

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