Horsham St Faith schoolchildren enjoy life below deck aboard historic Lowestoft fishing ship

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft. Picture: Rachel Scarff - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Horsham St Faith rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the life of a sailor aboard one of Lowestoft's traditional fishing ships.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft. Picture: Rachel Scarff - Credit: Archant

The year two class from St Faith's Primary School enjoyed a day out aboard the Excelsior, a smack - or fishing boat - which was built in 1921 and has been restored to its former glory.

The 13 children explored above and below deck to learn about local maritime history and life on board, before they raised the mizzen - one of the ship's rear sails.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft. Picture: Rachel Scarff - Credit: Archant

Later in the day, they were tasked with donning their Wellington boots and swabbing the decks - before enjoying an ice-cream on the pier.

Excelsior, which would have been sailed in the North Sea during winter, offers trips out for thousands of young people.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft.

Children from St Faith's Primary School, in Horsham St Faith, visit the Excelsior ship in Lowestoft. Picture: Rachel Scarff - Credit: Archant

For more information on the ship click here or visit one of its open days on Saturday, June 24 and June 27 from 1pm to 5pm.


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