Certificate no 548
Status Archived


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location Burnham-on-Crouch
Vessel type Oyster Smack
Archive reason More information required
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Prior, R & J, Burnham on Crouch
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.59 feet (4.45 m)
4.59 feet (1.40 m)
Length: Overall
44.98 feet (13.72 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built 1937 by R. & J. Prior at Burnham, an oyster smack with a hull of carvel construction, pitch pine on oak and a Kelvin K2 44 hp engine. The Burnham Oyster Company had her purpose built for dredging. She attended the Dunkirk evacuations in World War II. At the end of the war Keeble & Sons of Paglesham, Essex, bought her and she resumed work as an oyster dredger. In 1962 the oyster population had diminished and she was sold to a private owner of Burnham-on-Crouch, who used her for inshore fishing. Ten years later she was sold again and she now works as a shrimping boat on the rivers Roach and Crouch based at Battlesbridge.

As of April 2018, vessel is reported to have been transported back to Burnham by a group of volunteers and is sitting at the Mangapps Railway Museum.

We are lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.


Brann, ChristianThe Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989

Key dates

  • 1937

     Purpose built for dredging for Burnham Oyster Company by R. & J. Prior at Burnham

  • 1940

    Assisted in the Dunkirk evacuations in the Second World War

  • 1945

    At end of war bought by Keeble & Sons of Paglesham, Essex and work as an oyster dredger resumed

  • 1962

    Sold to private owner at Burnham-on-Crouch who used her for inshore fishing

  • 1972

    Sold again for work as shrimping boat on rivers Roach and Crouch based at Battlesbridge

  • 1996

    In commercial use by present owner 

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