Certificate no 1379
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location Faversham
Vessel type Oyster Smack
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1897
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
9.61 feet (2.93 m)
4.59 feet (1.40 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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

Key dates

  • 1897

    Built by Aldous of Brightlingsea as an Oyster Smack

  • 1897-1995

    Dredged for oysters off the Essex Coast

  • 1995

    Total rebuild

  • 2014

    Acquired by present owner


  • Jan 2017

    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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