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Vessel stats

Class B
Nationality United Kingdom
Year Built 1921
Rig Gaff Ketch


  • Class: B
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Year built: 1921
  • Home port: Lowestoft, UK
  • Rig: Gaff Ketch
  • Height: 20.03 m
  • Length of hull: 23.3 m
  • Entered by: Excelsior Trust


  • Number of trainees: 12
  • Number of permanent crew: 5
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes

Tall ship races and regattas


Excelsior is a Lowestoft Smack which was built in 1921 to fish in the North Sea in all weathers as one of a fleet of 300 similar vessels. She was fully restored in 1989 to maintain her tough construction and is now a regular competitor in major maritime events, having taken part in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races since 1989.

Excelsior can take up to 12 at a time and sails an average of 5,000 miles a year.