ADC CK431 is a 45ft Aldous smack built in 1890.

ADC fished with the Barbrook fleet out of Tollesbury from 1895 to the 1930s. The Barbrooks had a large fleet of smacks but ADC, named after Ada, Dick and Charlie, was their favourite. She was renowned for her speed. In the 1980s she was re-rigged, and was rebuilt between 1997 until 2000 when she was launched at St Osyth.

She is berthed in St Osyth and after a long rest was racing in the 2020 Colne Match.

Colne Match results;

ADC at the 2020 Colne Match.
© Seamus Masters @glassonion68.
ADC & Kate off the Spitway buoy at the 2020 Colne Match.
© Elly Howlett.
ADC in the Colne Match 2020 skippered by Joe Harman and raced home into 3rd place.
© Seamus Masters @glassonion68
ADC CK431, Priscilla CK437 & Kate CK52 heading for the start at the 2020 Colne Match.
© Sandy Miller @litematters.
ADC before the start of the Colne Match 2020.
©James Hamilton.
ADC at the start of the Colne Match 2020.
©James Hamilton.
Launch day after rebuild in August 2000 at St Osyth Boatyard.
©Andy Rule
Launch day after rebuild in August 2000 at St Osyth Boatyard.
©Andy Rule
Launch day after rebuild in August 2000 at St Osyth Boatyard.
©Andy Rule
Dick Harman on the helm.
©Joe Harman
Dick Harman on the helm.
© Joe Harman
Rosa & Ada with ADC in the OGA East Coast Race 1972.
©David Cade
Band of Hope & ADC in the OGA East Coast Race 1969.
©David Cade
Oyster Smack A.D.C. CK431.
She was built by Aldous at Brightlingsea in 1890 and in 1897 was owned by William Joseph Barbrook and William Joseph Barbrook Jnr. of Tollesbury. [Colne Shipbuilders]
Framed photograph donated to Mersea Museum, Accession No. 2015-08-001.
Tollesbury – CK104 BLUEBELL, CK431 ADC, ?, CK200 SHAMROCK.
©Mersea Museum