The boat is a reconstruction based upon a drawing held by the Science Museum recording a smack’s boat in 1937.

Funded by The George W Setterfield Trust, the boat will be used to take passengers from ship to shore on Excelsior’s many voyages, and also provide team rowing activities for participants this season and beyond.

John Wylson, founder and Vice President of the Lowestoft based sailing charity Excelsior - a charitable organisation that provides life changing sailing experiences for young and disadvantaged people, schools and corporate groups, as well as unique sailing opportunities for Individuals, all whilst preserving and maintaining one of the UK’s most historic ships - said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of The George W Setterfield Trust in enabling us to commission this traditional smack’s boat which is very much in keeping with Excelsior’s authenticity and history. Built by our neighbours, The International Boatbuilding Training College, the boat brings a welcome addition to the range of activities we can offer aboard our beautiful traditional sail training ship, Excelsior.”

Mike Tupper, of the IBTC said: “Building Excelsior’s workboat has proved to be a wonderful project for IBTC Lowestoft Students, both enjoyable and educational. In a time when most wooden boats are built for leisure it is a privilege to build a robust traditional boat that will be put to work rather than be placed in a museum.”

Trustee Michael Howell: “The George W Setterfield Trust is delighted to be associated with Excelsior and the valuable experience crewing her can give to young persons. Teaching teamwork and an appreciation of the discipline required as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy sailing such a traditional craft. The assistance given by the IBTC in this project is greatly appreciated and, we trust, has given their trainees a valuable experience also.”

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