Spirit of Britannia is the most recent addition to our fleet and at 70 ft LOA and 40 tonnes, she is mid-way between Provident and Golden Vanity in size. She was built by the Worfolk Brothers in 1915; the largest smack to have been built in King’s Lynn, and she fished out of there for many years. Like Golden Vanity she is gaff cutter rigged, but carries almost as much sail — 2,500 sq ft – as Provident. She has accommodation for 13, including three crew.
Spirit of Britannia is rigged now just as she was when she fished under sail early last century. She has a ‘Gaff Cutter’ rig. ‘Gaff’ indicates that the main sail is hoisted using a ‘gaff’, a spar attached to their upper side. ‘Cutter’ indicates that there is more than one headsail, making each sail easier to handle by a small crew. It is a very versatile and powerful rig, easy to handle in light airs and strong winds.
|Port of Registry||Boston|
|Builder||Worfolk Bros, Kings Lynn, Norfolk|
|Radio Call Sign||MGJW2|
|Gross Registered Tonnage||24.41|
|Net Registered Tonnage||22.78|
|Length Overall including spars||23.25 m||76′ 3″|
|Length of Hull||17.66 m||57′ 11″|
|Length of Waterline||15.90 m||52′ 2″|
|Maximum Beam||4.31 m||14′ 2″|
|Maximum Draft||2.3 m||7′ 7″|
|Working Sail Area||180 sq m||1940 sq ft|
|Maximum Sail Area||214 m2||2,303 ft2|
|Displacement||38.72 tonnes||38.12 tons|
|Engine – Volvo D3-130||96 kW||130 Hp|