Certificate no 2671
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Brightlingsea
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1898
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff - Other
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Unknown
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
50.00 feet (15.24 m)
5.00 feet (1.52 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Length: Overall
34.00 feet (10.36 m)


ROSENA is an historic smack, known to the local boating community in Brightlingsea since she was built in 1898 by Aldous.  She was a significant part of the fishing fleet with the Drake family in Tollesbury.

One previous owner in 1961 was a Jim Lawrence, the famous sail-maker and bargeman.  She was also owned by Max Monsarrat who wanted to sail her to Australia.

Since the late 1960s, ROSENA has been left in various Essex berths e.g Heybridge basin, Woodbridge, St. Osyth with very little care being taken of her.  In 2013 she has been rescued from the mud and is under cover at Aldous Dock. The aim is to encourage local craftsmen to help rebuild her and generate interest in the vessel's history and sustainability within the local community.

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If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk