Certificate no 2445
Status Registered


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


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1909
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


5.50 feet (1.68 m)
Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.73 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


GEORGE AND ALICE is an Essex oyster smack: a fishing vessel of timber carvel construction built in 1909 by Aldous & Sons of Brightlingsea. Her current engine is a Yanmar diesel model 3JH3. From 1909 to 1939 she was commercial oyster dredging, stoweboating and inshore trawling under sail from Brightlinsea.

After the second world war she was sold to Malcolm Macgregor and then in 1991 to Colin Shepheard who took her to his workshop in South Devon and fully restored her to her original build. Later, in 1996 GEORGE & ALICE returned to her home port of Brightlingsea and was bought by the Winters family and remains the only fully rebuilt Brightlingsea fishing smack.

As of November 2018, GEORGE & ALICE is moored at Rye, Sussex.

Key dates

  • 1909

    Built by Aldous & Sons of Brightlingsea as a Fishing Vessel for George and Alice Stoker

  • 1909-39

    She worked as an Oyster Dredger, Stoweboating and Inshore Trawler under sail from Brightlingsea

  • 1945-1975

    She worked as a Commercial Dredger and Trawler under engine and cut-down rig

  • 1975

    She was re-rigged as a Sailing Smack

  • 1991

    She was bought by a new owner who took her to his workshop in South Devon

  • 2010

    She was sold to her present owner

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