Built in 1897 by Aldous of Brightlingsea, ETHEL ALICE is a fishing smack with a carvel built hull of iroko planking on oak frames and is a gaff rigged cutter with one timber mast. She has no engine. After a working life dredging for oysters off the Essex coast, she now races in local smack matches. There are few craft left in her class.
Classic Boat: Ethel Alices wins Whitstable, March, 1990
Built by Aldous of Brightlingsea as an Oyster Smack
Dredged for oysters off the Essex Coast
Acquired by present owner
A Sustainability Grant of £1,000 towards the cost of sails was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
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