Your World Under Sail

Welcome to Bessie Ellen Charters. Unique quality sailing holidays on board one of the last remaining trading ketches, Bessie Ellen 1904.

This historic sailing ship traded during the final era of sail when such ships were an everyday sight in the small ports and harbours throughout the British Isles. Built entirely of wood and now 116 years old, Bessie Ellen is on the National Historic Ships Register as an important vessel to conserve.

Today, the working life of our ship has changed, providing sailing holidays and sea-going adventures. Our crew are committed to giving you an authentic experience of cruising under sail and sharing our passion for maritime heritage. With short breaks, week cruises and longer 10 day voyages in Cornwall, Scotland, The Hebrides and Scandinavia,  we will make your choice of adventure an enduring memory.


Join us for day sails from Fowey or charter Bessie Ellen for overnight adventures for families or bubble groups around the beautiful Cornish coast.