Certificate no 661
Status Registered


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


Builder King, William & Sons, Burnham on Crouch
Built in 1901
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff - Other
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.18 feet (4.02 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
49.97 feet (15.24 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1901 by William King at Burnham, SPEEDWELL is an oyster smack. With an 18 hp Dan marine spirit engine, she was the first motorised vessel on the east coast. Her construction is of pitch pine planking on grown oak frames with a new 2” composite deck of iroko planks on marine ply. She worked until 1967 when she was sold into private ownership and converted to a yacht without changing her fundamental character. First registered as CK 314 by Smith Brothers of Burnham, after five subsequent changes in ownership she was bought by her present owner in 2004. In 2001, she celebrated her 100th Birthday by winning the Festival of the Sea Race at Portsmouth.


Classic Boat: Top Weekend, August 2007

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