Colchester Smack 'Alberta CK318' was built in 1885 and has
now been beautifully re-built at Barry Tester's yard at Hollowshore
for her new owner.
You can see sketches
showing how she developed and close-up
photos of her and her sisters. Line
drawings can be downloaded for CAD work. Technical information
can be found on rope,
old and new; the power of tackles;
tested to destruction; and a look at reefing
according to Admiral Beaufort's original Wind Force Table.
There follows a list of smacks and their owners working out
of Tollesbury circa 1900.
Other pages describe how to research the past
ownership of smacks and how Alberta came to be in a church.
The Colne Smack Preservation Society pages cover news
and events, a list
of smacks invited to compete in the Colne Match and a
request for historical feedback from you regarding smacks.
There is a list of known
ex-fishing boats with links to photographs or websites.
This list will need updating - please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with current information, history, photos, etc. for inclusion
in this list. Note it is for ex-fishing boats that had a registration
number not for smacks built and used solely as yachts. Not
that smack yachts are any less desirable than ex-fishing smacks,
it's just that I had to draw the line somewhere.
You can download an application form to join the Colne Smack
Preservation Society from the link at left. Membership is
actively encouraged from anyone with a desire to see our maritime
NEW - Forum. I have set
up a forum
here for the public to use. The main purposes are:- History
of a smack/crew/owner wanted or offered; Smack gear for sale/wanted;
line drawings of a Colne smack and a Harwich bawley for model
makers can be ...downloaded FREE