Certificate no 1451
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location St Osyth
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1895
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.51 feet (3.51 m)
5.61 feet (1.71 m)
Length: Overall
43.97 feet (13.41 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



ADC, one of five remaining Class 2 smacks was built by Aldous at Brightlingsea in 1895. She fished with the Barbrook fleet out of Tollesbury from 1895 to the 1930s. The Barbrooks had a large fleet of smacks but ADC, named after Ada, Dick and Charlie, was their favourite. She was renowned for her speed and still holds the course record for the Colne Match.

Key dates

  • 1890 Built in Brightlingsea
  • 1895-1930s Fished out of Tollesbury
  • 1980s Vessel re-rigged
  • 1997-2001 Vessel re-built

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