Support Us

Refurbishment of a ship such as Excelsior is an ongoing process and will be for the rest of her sea-going life. To offset some
of this cost and to enable the Trust to sustain its crew for 2017 we ask for support from charitable trusts, foundations and individuals  will continue to help us to fulfil our mandate in transforming young people’s lives at sea.

You can support us by becoming a member, providing us with a monthly or annual contribution towards the trust, our members are hugely valued within the trust. To find out more, get in touch with us on

You can support us by donating a one-off sum – to do this you can write a cheque made payable to ‘Excelsior Trust’ and posting it to us, or by emailing us and letting us know and we can provide you with our BACS details for a direct transfer. Alternatively by using our new PayPal account:


Lastly, we provide some private charters on board Excelsior to help raise funds for the work we do with young and disadvantaged people, one of the best ways you can support us is by joining us for a voyage! Find out more on our voyages page here.

Wherever you are from, if you are able to help Excelsior with our fundraising mission please get in touch on 0845 308 2323 or by emailing

I support the Excelsior Trust because the Excelsior is a living breathing beauty – who is a link to my hometowns fishing heritage. She brings history to life and with my Great Grandad being a skipper of a boat just like the Excelsior, I was so moved when I was aboard – I felt like I wanted to be there with him, with the crew…. she is just brilliant! 🙂

Paula White

Fabulous trust to support giving children increased confidence and a fantastic experience. Would love my son to be able to bring his dad along for a days sailing ????

Joanne Helsdon

Having spent many weeks on Excelsior with 2 Tall Ships races when I was a youngster (23 years ago). Sails like a dream, and weathers storms well (We got caught in a F11 coming across the Bay of Biscay!) giving youngsters a chance to experience sailing on a historic boat can’t be beaten.

Steve Mitchell

I support the Excelsior Trust in its aim to preserve and maintain the historical wooden working vessel the Excelsior. Once a fishing smack of the Lowestoft fishing fleet, the Excelsior is woven into the history of the fishing industry along the East Anglian coastline and so many people benefit from the chance to be able to see her still in operation today. Also I really like how the unique opportunity to sail Excelsior is aimed particularly at young and disadvantaged people . The experience of learning to sail her is likely to be an unforgettable experience for so many, teaching additional skills such as team building and through the adventure broadening horizons that may help to set the path for their futures.

Helen Mann

She is a beautiful old girl , that I’ve been lucky enough to sail on many moons ago ( with Stewie, Claire & Bill ) I met John Wilson who restored her when she was in Rye , years ago. We had an impromptu fundraiser on board with folk music and the following year a mini music evening on the quay , we raised £4000 plus for the trust…. I did the scumble glazing on her top deck when she was out of the water in the winter …wow was that cold. She is a wonderful charity enabling people from all walks of life and abilities to sail….magic.

Leah Athol-Murray

I support Excelsior because of the opportunity she gave me over 20 years ago! It’s fabulous to see she is still giving so many other young people the opportunity I was lucky enough to have all those years ago. It’s an experience that I have never forgotten, and always take the liberty to tell anyone who will listen to me about it!! I would love the chance to re live my youth!!!⛵️

Amy Morfitt

I Support Excelsior because Excelsior supports the Community! Giving amazing opportunities and experiences to young and old from all over the world! The Crew are always so friendly and welcoming transferring their skills helping create the new generation of traditional sailors! I’d love the chance to have a proper day sail up the Orwell! ????

Stacey Foulger

Great ship, giving many people a chance to change their lives.

Susan Bradshaw

I’d like Excelsior even if she didn’t live almost at the end of my back garden.

Tim Delaney

A lovely bunch of people, with a lovely sailing vessel!

Dominic Dowsey-Magog

Our Products

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of products depicting our fine ship. From t-shirts to mugs, our souvenirs make great gifts for young and not so young!

To order from our range, please email your requirements to where we will provide you with your invoice. Postage is £2.85.

Excelsior Crew T-shirt £8

A quality pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt with Excelsior Logo to chest and ‘CREW’ print to back.
Available in S, M, L or XL, there’s a size for everyone! Colours: Navy or Red


Deck Shirt £POA

Superb quality cotton drill shirt with with Excelsior Logo embroidered to chest. Available in Adult sizes S, M, L or XL. Colour: Navy.
Please note: this item is made to order and has a lead time of around 4 weeks. Don’t let that put you off though – it’s worth the wait!


Excelsior Baseball Cap £6

A heavyweight cotton drill cap with Excelsior silhouette embroidered to front. Velcro fastening to back. Great for sea or summertime! One size only. Colours: Navy with Ecru trim


Excelsior Waves Mug £6

A sturdy mug with the Excelsior Logo to front and ships facts to the back.


Excelsior pen £1

A retractable blue biro in white with blue print logo. Perfect for home or study!


Excelsior Wristband £1

These funky wristbands are available in Petrol (pictured) or Blue and feature ‘Excelsior’ embossing. A great stocking filler!