Daisy CK6 is a 44ft Aldous smack built in 1884.

Her hull is carvel built with oak frames and Swedish pine planking. She is a yawl with two timber masts. Was previously called Dusmarie, she worked under sail until 1932 when she was sold and converted to a yacht but has now been renamed back to her original.

She sailed twice to the Baltic and was left in Sweden for the duration of the Second World War. Rescued in 1945, she was in need of an almost total rebuild during which her rig was changed to a yawl. Two engine changes followed, in 1952 a Stuart Turner 8hp was fitted and, in 1972, this was changed to a 10hp single cylinder Saab.

During the 1950s and 1960s she was used as an adventure sail training ship for parties of schoolboys. Later, as a training ship for a Sixth Form College near Ipswich, she took part in the 1974 Tall Ships Race with an all female crew. She was sold again in the 1980s where she was based on the River Deben in Suffolk.

DUSMARIE ex DAISY. From “West Mersea Smack Race” by Douglas Dixon.
East Anglian Magazine August 1955, page 557.
Woodbridge. Houseboat yacht MARIQUITA (old 19 metre racer built 1911) alongside the Ferry Quay. DUSMARIE 1884 Colchester smack re-built as a yawl in Finland 1946 (owner Lt.Cdr Douglas Dixon) far right.
When Winter Comes to Lapland — article on taking DUSMARIE to the Arctic Circle.