Excelsior (smack)

  • Excelsior (1921–1935)
  • Svinor (1935–1972)
Owner: The Excelsior Trust
Port of registry: Lowestoft
Builder: John Chambers, Lowestoft
Launched: 1921
Completed: 1921
Acquired: 1983 (by Excelsior Trust)
In service: 1921-1936 (as fishing smack)
Identification: LT472
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fishing smack
Tonnage: 55.36 tonnes
Length: 23.5 m (77 ft)
Beam: 5.9 m (19 ft)
Draught: 3 m (9.8 ft)
Installed power: Diesel
Propulsion: Sail
Capacity: 17
Crew: 5
Notes: Currently used in sail training

Excelsior is an authentically restored fishing smack of the Lowestoft fishing fleet and a member of the National Historic Fleet.[1] She was built by John Chambers of Lowestoft in 1921 and worked until 1936 before being converted into a motor coaster.[2] In 2011 Excelsior celebrated her 90th birthday.[3] During her time as a motor coaster she was known as Svinor and worked mainly in Norwegian waters before returning to Lowestoft in 1972.[1]

She measures 23 metres (75 ft) long[1] with a beam of 5.9 metres (19 ft) and is ketch rigged and is the last traditional sailing trawler able to tow a full-sized traditional trawl net.[2] Excelsior was restored in 1989 and operates as a sail training vessel based out of Lowestoft, able to accommodate up to 17 people, including 12 trainees or passengers.[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Excelsior". National Historic Ships. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  2. 1 2 3 "Excelsior" (PDF). The Cirdan Sailing Trust. 1 March 2007. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  3. Carroll, Anthony (15 April 2011). "Excelsior sets sail to from Lowestoft to enjoy her birthday". Eastern Daily Press.
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