Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Mayfly CK363"

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Mayfly CK363, Volker Gries, Colne Smack and Barge Match Race, Brightlingsea, GB , 09/2006

Source, location, date:
Volker Gries,
Colne Smack and Barge Match Race, Brightlingsea, GB,

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Mayfly CK363
Ex-names:LO258, CK121
Registered port:West Mersea
Type of rigging:KUTTER
Type of ship:Oyster Smack
Year built:1875
Yard:W. Stebbings & Sons, Burnham on Crouch, GBR
Length:10.05 m
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 29 Jan 2022

  • probably built by W. Stebbings & Sons in Burnham on Crouch/GBR for L. Sweeting in about 1875, about her year and location built is some discussion around, first registration in the register of Sea Fishing Boats for Colchester in the late 19th or early 20th century given the number CK363, operated out of West Mersea/GBR.
  • spent the first part of her working life as part of a large dredging fleet tending to the many oyster layings in the river Crouch at that time.
  • about 1918 moved to London where she was registered as LO258, in 1923 in the Colchester Register of Sea Fishing Boats again as CK121.
  • found by the Stebbings family in a pretty sorry state in the mud at Foulness, re-purchased and extensively rebuilt, used by the family as a yacht for day trips, fishing, smack races, local regattas and for sail training.
  • 1934 sold to Claude Scrutton of Thorpe Bay/GBR, fitted with an engine.
  • after several changes of the owner used on a round the world trip by Graham Dillon in the early 1970s.
  • she is restored and used in Smack races at the English East coast today.