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As part of the Excelsior Trust Fleet, we have CITY OF EDINBORO, which was built as a Hull smack in 1884.  Today she is the last representative of the great fleets of deep-sea sailing trawlers that worked out of Hull and the largest extant British smack – a remarkable survivor.

To celebrate her, and provide a unique sailing experience for those with an interest in our rarer historic vessels we have put together a fantastic 5 day voyage.

The Voyage

Join EXCELSIOR in Lowestoft for some really traditional sailing around the East Coast, taking in the stunning Suffolk Coastline. Use the opportunity to man her massive tiller and ‘take the helm’ – she is a working girl who loves to sail. No experience is necessary as our very able crew will be on hand to ‘show you the ropes’.

Along the way you will enjoy being part of the ships’ company, living and working together, and sharing meals in her cozy saloon before heading into the Medway and arriving at Chatham Maritime Marina.

Historic Dockyard

Once in Chatham, we have arranged for entry to the National Maritime Museum’s collection of historic ship models where, by special appointment, we will be guided around their store which will include a special private viewing of the model AUTHENTIC.

AUTHENTIC (1883) is essentially a full-hull model of CITY OF EDINBORO built to a scale of 1:24 which was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Fisheries Exhibition held in London in 1883. The hull carries the name ‘AUTHENTIC’ and the fictional port registration number ‘H1883’ but she is an accurate contemporary model of CITY OF EDINBORO and her eleven sisters, from which it is possible to build a full-sized ship – which is exactly what is needed for the accurate restoration of CITY OF EDINBORO.

We have also made arrangements to visit the Chatham Historic Dockyard Rope works, which has been making rope since 1618.  At over 1,100 feet long the Ropery was the longest building in Europe for many years and today it is a unique an vibrant example of 19th Century working practice – the last of its’ kind.

Following on from our tour of the stores and Ropery you will have the rest of the day to explore the Historic Dockyard at your leisure, which includes their famous lifeboat collection and various warships http://thedockyard.co.uk/explore/

Homeward Bound

After our day in Chatham, the next morning will see us making our way back to Lowestoft, working with the wind and tide as much as possible to give you some great sailing. EXCELSIOR is a very special ship when you get all of her 3400 square feet of sail working!

Once back in to her home port, we will berth in Oulton Broad, allowing you an exclusive visit to CITY OF EDINBORO waiting patiently for restoration in her purpose-built ‘shed’ where there are a  number of other special vessels in our collection.

Join us

This trip is ideal for those with an interest in historic traditional vessels, as well as Model Ships, and with our very capable crew, you can be as hands on, or off, as you like, and enjoy this unique opportunity to combine sailing and history.

Embark – 14 August 2018 10:00

Disembark – 19 August 2018 12:00

5 nights, full board (all food and soft drinks on board provided)


All safety equipment and Waterproofs provided, you need bring only a sleeping bag and a spirit of adventure! You can find a detailed kit list here.

Book Now

To book your place on this fantastic trip email sailing@excelsiortrust.co.uk or call 0845 308 2323 This trip is unique and is sure to be sold out quickly.

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