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Bessie Ellen

Bessie-Ellen is one of the last remaining examples of a West Country Trading Ketch, popular as cargo vessels around the UK and Europe up until the 1930ís. Such vessels were the livelihoods of many families in Cornwall and Devon and Bessie-Ellen was owned and worked by the same family for 40 years. With the decline in the use of sailing ships an engine was later installed but Bessie Ellen was eventually put into retirement in 1971.

Having been laid up for some years she was eventually bought in 2000 when her new owner embarked upon the long process of restoring a piece of our maritime history.

From her home in Plymouth, Bessie-Ellen now works a busy itinerary including day sails and passages around the UK and Europe and is a regular guest at the major maritime festivals.

Specifications
Type of Ship: Ketch
Year Built: 1904
Length Overall: 35 metres
Beam: 6.0 metres
Draught: 3.0 metres
Mast Height: 24 metres
Sail Area: 330 sq. m
Tonnage (GRT): 98
Engine: 310 hp
Crew: 6
Day Guests: 62
Cabins: 12 berths

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