For other uses, see Lugger (disambiguation).
Reaper under full sail

A lugger is a class of boat, widely used as traditional fishing boats, particularly off the coasts of France, England and Scotland. It is a small sailing vessel with lug sails set on two or more masts and perhaps lug topsails.

The name

A French lugger, beached and drying nets. The lugsail is spread on the beach. She is beached stern first as is normal. In beach-launched boats, the bow is designed to rise to surf without shipping water or broaching. Painted by Gustave Courbet around 1874.

According to Skeat, term "lugger" may come from Dutch, logger meaning "slow ship", and East Friesian, log meaning "slow" or it may come from the type of sail used (lug), which may derive from the ease with which it may be raised or "lugged".[1]

Local types

British Isles
1882 French lugger Łucja-Małgorzata
Continental Europe


  1. Skeat, Walter W. (2013). An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. Dover language guides (Reprint ed.). Courier Corporation. p. 832. ISBN 9780486317656.

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Further reading

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