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ELLEN CK222 GBP 58,000

All enquiries to the broker – Wooden Ships info@woodenships.co.uk

Built in 1900 by Harris of Rowhedge for a Mr Martin,  a local fisherman who worked her on the east coast.

She is one of only 3 Harris smacks left afloat and the only stowboater known to still be sailing.  Her extensive history can be traced right back to her launch in 1900 and the owners have detailed notes on much of it.  She has featured in the books ‘The Stowboater’ by Harvey Benham and ‘Saltwater Village’ by John Leather as well as appearing on the BBC while dredging oysters under sail for the Queen.

She worked up until 1937 for the Francis brothers of Brightlingsea.  She was then sold off and went through several owners before being purchased by a member of the Colne Smack Preservation society in 1987 and has been in the same careful ownership ever since.  She is raced often with the smack fleet and is a well known and much loved boat.

Ellen was registered for fishing again in 1993 to retain her CK222 fishing numbers with the Department of Transport, Food and Fisheries who then transferred her documents as a Historic Sailing fishing vessel. Her RSS number is A15754 Colchester. No other fishing vessel now can use her CK222 registered number

The current owners have taken very good care of the boat with major refits including complete refastening with bronze screws and new planking above the waterline in 1992, new deck and engine in 2011 and new rigging and sails in 2019.  She is well cared for, sailed every year and is a lovely example of the east coast fishing smacks.  She comes complete oyster dredges and trawl nets as well as a very large sail wardrobe and is fitted out below with 5 berths.


EMMA F22

All enquiries to the owner Paul – paulmartin.sailmaker@gmail.com / 07792 579210

EMMA was built as a clinker bawley in Southend to fish out of Faversham in 1845 and sometime at the turn of the century she was over planked in carvel pitch pine.

The vessel was re-built in 2008/09 and was bought by her current owner in 2017.

She is now for sale and is currently in Faversham.


FAIRY MN1

All enquiries to the CSPS Chairman Martin Doe – martindoe@hotmail.com

Fairy has returned to the Aldous Heritage Smackdock in Brightlingsea looking for her next custodian.


TINY MITE CK322 EUR 40,000

All enquiries to the owner – a.liefkes@gmail.com

Fishing Smack built by Shuttlewoods of Paglesham in 1903.

Length; 14 metre 10cm

Breadth; 3 metre 50cm

Depth; 1 metre 30cm

Number of crew – 4

Mode of fishing; dredging.

Originally she was powered by a steam engine. Tablo Pitt and his sons Charlie and Reg replaced the steam engine by a three cylinder Lister diesel engine and today it has a four cylinder diesel Mercedes 615.

‘Her name was something of an anomaly as she was actually the largest vessel to be worked from Maldon at that time. [1946]. The catch of shrimp had to be cooked on board and then laid out in trays to dry, so the vast expanse of deck was invaluable’. From; ‘Blackwater Men’, by A. and M. Emmett. 1992, Seax Book, Elsenham, Bishop’s Stortford.

Previous owners registered;

Smith Bros. Burnham-on-Crouch, 1904.

Smith Bros. Burnham-on-Crouch Ltd. Burnham, Essex. 1907.

A.H. Pitt, A.J. Pitt, C.F. Pitt, R.W. Pitt. Maldon. 1946.

I bought her in 1995 in Edam, Holland. The owners had taken the ship 25 years previously from the UK to Holland.

It took me 10 years to rebuild the ship. It was launched in Spakenburg in 2005. It is currently recognised as a sailing monument.

She lies in Huizenharbour in the Netherlands and has been used for recreational and charter purposes. Because of health problems I’m looking for a buyer and I would love it if the Tiny Mite would return to the U.K. to be sailed again.