Boadicea built in 1808

About Boadicea

Boadicea is probably the oldest sailing vessel in Europe that is still in regular use. She was built in 1808 as an oyster smack and was worked commercially until 1938 when she passed into the hands of my grandfather Michael Frost, who worked the boat for pleasure until his death. Boadicea has passed through the family and is now in my care and still today she is worked under sail pulling a Trawl or oyster dredges in order to keep the old skills alive and it makes a great day out for the family seeing what kinds of fish and creatures are caught up in the nets.

BBC article on Boadi's birthday

Boat reaches its 200th birthday

A man is celebrating the birthday of his boat built three years after Nelson died at Trafalgar and seven years before Napoleon met his Waterloo.

Boadicea, a twelve-and-a-half ton, 30ft (9m), oyster smack owned by fireman Reuben Frost of West Mersea, Essex, was built in 1808.

It is thought to be the oldest boat in the world still regularly sailed.