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 vessel traded during the final era of sail when such ships were an everyday sight in the small ports and harbours throughout Britain. 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 adventures at sea. Our crew are committed to giving you an authentic experience of cruising under sail and sharing our passion for heritage. With short breaks, week cruises and longer 10 day voyages in Cornwall, Scotland, The Hebrides, St Kilda and the Canaries, we will make your choice of adventure or holiday voyage an enduring memory.

Looking for a short break in Cornwall?

Opt for a weekend away aboard our second schooner Johanna Lucretia.  Due to popular demand, the Bessie Ellen has teamed up with the owner of this stunning vessel to offer short weekend breaks throughout the summer.  All starting from Fowey in Cornwall, its your chance to see Poldark country at her best.

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