Look round an authentically maintained 98 year old Lowestoft sailing smack. Excelsior is one of the nation's sixty most important historic ships. Talk to her crew about her original features and equipment and find out more about her past.

Built in 1921 Excelsior was one of the last sailing trawlers to be built in Lowestoft. She was later sold to Norway and converted into a motor coaster, carrying coal. In 1971 local businessman John Wylson discovered her and brought her back to Lowestoft for full restoration. She was commissioned in 1989 by HRH Princess Royal for use as a sail training vessel.


A member of the Maritime Heritage Trust, Excelsior also belongs to the Ship Shape Network providing traditional boat building and maritime trades training for young people. Try out the bunks. Climb the mast (in a harness!). Find out what life was like aboard a fishing smack and admire this magnificent iconic part of our east coast maritime heritage.

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