About Us


The Britannia Sailing Trust, is a Scottish registered charity founded in 2014, which is dedicated to advancing Britain’s maritime heritage, raising awareness of the fragility of our oceans and providing experience of traditional sailing and maintenance of a historic vessel through the restoration of the class 1 smack Britannia.

Britannia was one-hundred-years old in April 2015 and she is the last of her kind. She has had a varied and interesting life and you can read more about her in our History

The purpose of the Britannia Sailing Trust is to repair this beautiful and unique vessel in order for her to sail again, campaigning in the twenty first century to protect the oceans that are our planet’s lifeblood.  Built more than a hundred years ago, she has seen many changes and had different roles, but her future role may be the most vital.   Through the preservation of this Historic vessel, we will offer training and work experience for individuals to learn how to sail and maintain a traditional sailing boat, part of Britain’s Maritime History.  
We have 9  committed Trustees and the support of many friends who have sailed on Britannia in the past. We welcome any contributions which will help us to save this lovely boat. A monthly donation of £10 will ensure that she can stay where she is in Winkleigh for the next 2 years until she is ready to be launched.  Our Bank details are

“Britannia Sailing Trust”

account number 30400533

sort code: 83 91 46

Alternatively, you can download a standing order form here or pay through Paypal

If you do make a donation, could you please let us have your name and details so that we can thank you, either by an e-mail or reference your name on the BACS.

You can click this link to be taken to our Donate page

Read more about us on our blog Crew Britannia

Or watch some videos of Britannia

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Britannia Sailing Trust is registered with OSCR (The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) 




Britannia is on the National Register of Historic Vessels UK  Number  706 and part of the Shipshape Network South West





We are very grateful for the support of a restoration grant from The Association for Industrial Archaeology