Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to Bessie Ellen Charters. Unique quality sailing holidays with the last remaining west county trading ketches, Bessie Ellen 1904 and Irene 1907. These historic vessels traded during the final era of sail when these ships were an everyday sight in the small ports and harbours throughout Britain. Bessie Ellen & Irene are both on the National Historic Ships Register as important vessels to conserve.

Today, the working life of our ships has changed,  providing adventures under sail where our crew are committed to giving you an authentic experience of traditional sailing ships and to share our passion for sailing and exploring.

With short breaks, week cruises longer voyages, this year in Cornwall, the Hebrides and St Kilda we will strive to make your adventure, cruise or holiday voyage an enduring memory.