Pioneer, the 1884 First class deep sea Essex
smack was rescued from the West Mersea mud in 1998.
Once part of a fleet of about 150 Colchester
registered deep sea smacks, she sailed all around the British Isles and North European
waters dredging for deep sea oysters and scallops. A trade described as the hardest
and cruellest Essex man ever worked.
The 70ft hull has been totally restored and Glasgow Steel Nail Co supplied traditional
bronze boat nails for use on the restoration.
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