From May-September, the approximately 130 year old Oysterboat Terror hoists her sails for leisurely, scenic tours of the harbour, skippered and crewed by Friends of Chichester Harbour volunteers.
This gaff-rigged, open-decked wooden craft is the last remaining example of a working sail boat from when Victorian Emsworth was known for its oyster dredging industry. One of a number of ‘Lighters’, it would transport back to shore the catch from the larger oyster merchants’ vessels.
Originally built by Foster’s Boatyard in Emsworth c 1890, the Terror was painstakingly restored in 2006 thanks to National Lottery heritage funding. Today Terror is steadfastly maintained by the volunteer Terror Operating Committee.