Your World Under Sail

Welcome to Bessie Ellen Charters. Unique quality sailing holidays on board the last remaining trading ketches, Bessie Ellen 1904 and Irene 1907.

These historic vessels traded during the final era of sail when such 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 sailing holiday adventures. The crew are committed to giving you an authentic experience of cruising under sail and sharing our passion for heritage. With short breaks, week cruises & longer 10 day voyages, this year in Cornwall, the Hebrides and St Kilda we will make your choice of adventure or holiday voyage an enduring memory.


We are offering two lucky people the chance to win a seven-night voyage to the Isles of Scilly between 2nd and 8th July, worth £850 per person!

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