Certificate no 2315
Status Archived


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location Pin Mill
Vessel type Essex Smack
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Halls of Paglesham, Paglesham
Built in 1872
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.50 feet (3.51 m)
4.50 feet (1.37 m)
Length: Overall
37.00 feet (11.29 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


THE QUIZ was built in 1872 by Halls of Paglesham as an Essex smack. She is of timber carvel construction, larch on oak frames with pine decks. Her present engine is a Perkins Phoenix 42hp installed in 1998. She was commissioned by Wisemans, oyster merchants of Brightlingsea, to join their fleet of Essex smacks and spent most of her working years in the Swale and Medway. She came to rest in the River Deben in the mid 1960s and fell into disrepair until purchased by Frank Knights who rebuilt 90% of her during the early 1980s as a working boat, converting her into a leisure craft in 1988. She has been well maintained by her present owner for the past 20 years.<


Classic Boat: Smack Quiz - Low-maintenance mast, Chelsea Magazines, March 2012

Key dates

  • 1872

    Essex smack built by Halls of Paglesham 

  • 1870s-1960s

    Spent working life in Swale and Medway in fleet of Wisemans, oyster merchants of Brightlingsea

  • mid-1960s

    Came to rest in River Deben and fell into disrepair

  • early 1980s

    Purchased by Frank Knights who rebuilt 90% of her as a working boat

  • 1988

    Converted into leisure craft and purchased by Paul Webster

  • 2014

    Purchased by present owner and further maintainance work carried out


  • January 2014

    A Sustainability Award of £850 towards the costs of sails was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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