Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Bessie Ellen"
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Technical data of the sailing ship:
|Type of rigging:||KETSCH|
|Type of ship:||Gaffelketsch|
|Yard:||W.S. Kelly, Plymouth, England|
|Overall length:||35.00 m|
|Length (hull):||30.50 m|
|Sail area:||330 m2|
|Ship's hull:||Holz / Wood|
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Last update: 26 May 2005
- keel laid 1904, built at the shipyard of William Samuel Kelly from Turnchapel (Plymouth), launched 1907, purchased by John Chichester, registered in Barnstaple.
- used to carry cargo around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Europe.
- in January 1910 hit the rock Morte Stone in an area around Morte Point, damaged keel, repaired two times in Appledore.
- 1917 installation of an auxiliary engine, a 25hp Widdop paraffin engine, reduction of the rig height to enable handling the ship with fewer crew.
- in February 1920 John Chichester died by an accident on board, his sun Jack Chichester became the captain now until the late 1920s
- run cargoes to and from Ireland alongside the now diminishing fleet of North Devon Ketches during the WWII.
- purchased by the Dane Captain Christian Moller in Braunton in 1947 with the intention of purchasing a sound wooden hull to continue in the coastal trade on the Danish coast, taken to Frederikshavn in North Jutland, renamed the "Forsøget", reduction of the rigging, installation of a new engine, a Hundested single cylinder engine.
- used to transport iron cargoes until the 1970s, until finally the ship became to small to be profitable, laid up.
- purchased by Ole Pietersen, begin of her restoration and re-converted into a sailing ketch, not finished she was laid up again in Svendborg in the shipyard of J. Ring Andersen for 20 years.
- purchased by Nikki Alford in May 2000 in Denmark, "Bessie Ellen" left Svendborg in May 2001.
- begin of a restore of the ship as close to her original sail plan and layout as possible, but taking also modern safety regulations into consideration.
- used for private and corporate charter and sail training today.
- "Bessie Ellen" regularly offers crew places for youth development work, to give young people from a range of backgrounds a working environment that teaches them how to integrate and work in a team, in preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood.
- participated the Tallship Race in the Baltic Sea in 2003 and seen at the Douarnenez sailing Festival in 2004.
- named for the two daughters of the first owner Ellen and Bessie.