Certificate no 899
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Woodbridge
Vessel type Thames Bawley
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1938
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
36.98 feet (11.28 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



ALPHA is reported to have been damaged by a bomb whilst in build at Brightlingsea and later suffered damage once again as the result of an explosion whilst on mine-sweeping duties in World War II. During her subsequent fishing career, she took part in demonstrations against EU fishing policies by sailing up the Thames to Westminster. This led to her being de-commissioned but she was saved by her owner from being destroyed and went on to work as a maintenance vessel for Southwold harbour. In 2007, she was re-fitted to return to life as a sailing trawler and was re-registered as CK 180.

In June 2020 it was reported that the vessel is in need of a major re-build, currently on the River Deben in Suffolk.  


Dennis & Sons Ltd, ETW, Olsen's Fisherman's Nautical Almanack 1998, pp6-2, Edition 122, 1998 
Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, The English Welsh and Northern Ireland Fishing Vessel List, MAFF, June 1997

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by Aldous of Brightlingsea

  • 1940.1945

    Served during World War 2


  • January 2012

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for timber was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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