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  •    Class:  Class B
  •    Rig:  Traditional Gaff Rigged Ketch
  •    Launched:  1921
  •    Flag:  British
  •    Length:  23.2M
  •    Sail Area:  3400Ft²
  •    Home Port:  Lowestoft
  •    MMSI:  232004296
   Member of The Excelsior Trust

Previous Names
Svinør (1935 - 1972)

SV Excelsior is a 23.2m class B traditional gaff rigged ketch launched in 1921.

Excelsior - LT472 - Lowestoft's most Authentically restored Smack from 1921, Providing Sail Training for all since 1989

EXCELSIOR and her crew provides life changing sailing experiences for young and disadvantaged people, schools and youth groups. As well she can provide fantastic opportunities for adult corporate groups, Individuals, and families all whilst preserving and maintaining one of the UK’s most historic ships.
Built in 1921, for fishing the North sea in the depths of winter under sail alone, one of a fleet of 341 from Lowestoft. By 1935 she was sold on to Norway, where she was converted to a motor coaster shipping cargo along the Norwegian Coast under the name of Svinør. During 1971 she was found by the Trust's Vice President John Wylson, who returned her home and started the long process of her restoration. By 1989 she was ready for sea and, commissioned by HRH The Princess Royal in June, to once again trawl under sail, now with space for a further 12 trainees as well as her 5 crew. Her first voyage was to Norway to take part in the 1989 Tall Ships race's. This first of many to follow.

Vessel Operations: Cadet Training, Cargo, Charter, Corporate Team Building, Deck Events, Educational Programmes, Entertainment, Exhibition, Film or TV Production, Historic Re-enactment, Holiday Travel, Hospitality, Museum, Parties, Sail Training

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This Vessel was published by The Excelsior Trust