ABC

built 1894 by Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1030

Registered


Fishing Vessel

Dredger


West Mersea


Ongoing conservation

Unknown


No

No


31/03/1998

07/04/2009


Web site

www.pioneersailingtrust.org.uk

Propulsion

Sail

Unknown


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

To be confirmed


48.98 feet (14.94 metres)

To be confirmed


0.00


History

ABC is a fishing smack, built 1894 by Robert Aldous, Brightlingsea and registered as CK53. She operated mainly in the area where she was built in the ownership of the Barbrook family and was named after three of the sons - Arthur, Bert and Charlie. In 1937, she was sold to Arthur Hempstead and taken out of fishing. Two years later, she was laid ashore on the edge of Feldy Marsh, opposite West Mersea. The first winter there saw her surrounded by ice and damage to her wooden hull caused her to sink. In 1997, a local resident conceived the idea of raising her as a restoration project. She was dug out of the mud and towed to a nearby yard for the work to take place.

Blackwater Matters (Spring Edition 10, 1998) The 'ABC' of smack restoration

Key dates

  1. 1894 Built as a fishing smack by Robert Aldous of Brightlingsea and registered as CK53
  2. 1937 Taken out of fishing
  3. 1939 Laid ashore opposite West Mersea
  4. 1997 Dug out of mud and towed to a hard for restoration

Bibliography

    ABC is a fishing smack, built 1894 by Robert Aldous, Brightlingsea and registered as CK53. She operated mainly in the area where she was built in the ownership of the Barbrook family and was named after three of the sons - Arthur, Bert and Charlie. In 1937, she was sold to Arthur Hempstead and taken out of fishing. Two years later, she was laid ashore on the edge of Feldy Marsh, opposite West Mersea. The first winter there saw her surrounded by ice and damage to her wooden hull caused her to sink. In 1997, a local resident conceived the idea of raising her as a restoration project. She was dug out of the mud and towed to a nearby yard for the work to take place.

    Blackwater Matters (Spring Edition 10, 1998) The 'ABC' of smack restoration

If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake