Certificate no 2627
Status Registered


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


Builder Unknown
Built in 1888
Hull material
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


Length: Overall
37.00 feet (11.28 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.50 feet (3.20 m)
4.50 feet (1.37 m)
Air Draft
62.00 feet (18.90 m)
Tonnage: Gross



IBIS is an East Coast Oyster Smack of timber carvel construction with pitch pine hull and an inboard diesel engine by Kubota. She was originally built for The Whitstable Oyster Company and worked the oyster grounds for about 30 years. At that time she had no engine.

When bought by her current owners in the 1970s IBIS needed extensive work and it took seven years before she could go for her first sail, Since then she has been kept in sailing condition and has recently completed an Atlantic crossing . On a previous voyage to the Caribbean she won the Spirit of the Regatta Cup in Antigua. Additionally, she regularly attends French Festivals.



Classic Boat: Cornish 'Sex Slaves', July 2005
Davies, Chris, The Boatman: For Ibis, pp58-62, Issue 4

Key dates

  • 1888 Built at Whitstable, builder unknown
  • 1930s Coachroof fitted
  • 1960s First engine fitted
  • 1970s Bought by current owners at time of registration, extensive restoration lasting 7 years


  • September 2015

    A  sustainability grant of £1000 for a mainsail was made from ,the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

  • June 2013

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs of sails was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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