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The oldest smack on the East Coast, and possibly the oldest sailing vessel in Europe, or the world, she was rebuilt by Mike Frost in the 1960s and is currently owned and sailed by two of his grandchildren.
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Built in 1808 by James Williamson of Maldon, Essex, the oyster smack, Boadicea was worked commercially until 1938 when she passed into the hands of the current owner's grandfather, Michael Frost for £175.
Since being built she's been repaired and renovated many times, but changed hands only a dozen or so times. She had an engine fitted in the 1970s. The boat continues to work for pleasure, racing in the summer and drifting for herring in autumn, keeping the old East Coast sailing skills alive.
Reuben Frost believes she's still sailing 'because she's always been loved.'
'Boadicea' by Michael Frost, Gaffers Log 74/2
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Last updated: April 22, 2014