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Bessie Ellen Charters

Bessie Ellen Charters

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Welcome to Bessie Ellen Charters. Unique sailing trips and voyages aboard the last two remaining trading ketches, Bessie Ellen 1904 and Irene 1907.

A fantastic opportunity for you to explore the pleasure of sailing a traditional wooden sailing ship? This Easter, you and your family can get hands on experience on board Irene, where you get to hoist sails, trim jibs and steer the ship.

These historic vessels traded during the final era of sail when these ships were an everyday sight in Fowey, Par and many other small ports throughout the West Country.

Bessie Ellen & Irene are both on the National Historic Ships Register.

Today, the working life of our ship has changed, providing adventures under sail where our crew are committed to giving you the authentic experience of traditional sailing ships and to share our passion for heritage afloat with you.
With short breaks, week cruises longer voyages, this year in Cornwall, Scilly, Outer Hebrides and St Kilda we will strive to make your adventure, cruise or holiday voyage an enduring memory.

Day Tour Details
Embarking from Town Quay by water taxi, board Irene in this historic port of Fowey. Set sail through the narrow entrance of the estuary protected on either side by the ruins of square blockhouses built around 1380, between which a chain was hung to prevent the entry of enemy ships. Plot the course and head out into the bay where we either turn to port or starboard depending on the prevailing wind.
The stunning St Austell bay opens up and Irene will tack down to Carlyon Bay avoiding the Cannis Rock and bringing Par, Mevagissy and Charlestown into view.
After sail manoeuvers in the bay, Irene will anchor for lunch, as you will need some refreshment in the form a traditional meal.

More sailing after lunch and we will approach Charlestown, as well as being an old china clay harbour it now capitalizes on it's past by harbouring a fleet of square rigged ships. Usually, at least one of these magnificent ships is berthed in the harbour and they really do transport you into a bygone era.

To the left of Fowey under Polruan, pass Lantic Bay on the port side, sailing along this stunning coast towards Polperro and Looe. If the tide is high, we may stop to buy a Cornish Ice cream before heading back down to Fowey.

Contact Details

Fowey Town Quay
PL23 1AT

Tel: +44(0)7800 825382

Opening Times

1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017