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Bessie Ellen Charters

Type:Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

Fowey Town Quay, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AT
Bessie Ellen Charters


Welcome to Bessie Ellen Charters. We offer unique sailing trips and voyages aboard two classic ships, the Tall Ship ketch, Bessie Ellen and topsail schooner, Johanna Lucretia.

These vessels offer a fantastic opportunity for you to explore the pleasure of sailing a traditional wooden tall 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.

While the Johanna Lucretia, dating from 1945, is over 70 years old, Bessie Ellen, built in 1904, is on the National Historic Ships Register and is well past her 100th birthday.

Today, the working life of boths ship has changed, providing adventures under sail where our crews 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, St Kilda and even the Canary Islands, we will strive to make your adventure, cruise or holiday voyage an enduring memory.

Cornwall taster voyages and weekend breaks.

Over these weekends we will teach you as much as possible about the sailing and manoeuvring of a ship, embarking from Town Quay, Fowey, and tacking up to the historic port of Charlestown and coming up to anchor under sail. Our skippers interest is to show you how these ships were handled for centuries and this sheltered bay provides a perfect learning ground if you are new to tall ship sailing. These journeys also show a different, more secluded side to Cornwall’s coast – away from the bustle of summer tourists.

Summer on the Isles of Scilly

Set sail for the breath taking Isles of Scilly this summer on board the tall ship, Johanna Lucretia. Six days of white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, playful wildlife, mouthwatering food and traditional sailing.

Passage journeys

Embark from Fowey and set sail for warmer climes. Our voyage aboard Bessie Ellen begins at Fowey’s ancient and historic port, and continues to visit more through France, Spain, and Portugal, enjoying the infamous Biscay on the way down. Get involved in all aspects of sailing including setting and trimming sails, steering and navigation or just while away the hours fishing for Tuna, practicing your knots or simply reading a book.



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Opening Times

bessie ellen (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)