We begin this page with some memories of boating on the Broads during the great flood of August 1912. I was contacted by Philip Evans who wrote: “My grandfather, Martin Evans, with his wife Florence and six children (Evan, Ivor, Leslie, Mona, Llewellyn, and John - my father) holidayed on the Broads in August 1912 on a wherry yacht, when they frequently found themselves sailing over flooded fields. Father was six at the time and marine safety was ensured with a rope round his middle, the other end tied to the mast.” Philip also sent me the following memories of that first holiday during the 1912 floods which had been written down by his father, John Evans:
It rained all the time we were afloat. We were to be on the ‘Victoria’ a very posh new wherry but when the agent at Wroxham saw the crowd arrive Dad believes he switched us to another older boat, saying “sorry sir the Victoria has sprung a leak.” Unfortunately, later on she sailed past us beautifully rigged and painted white. There were eleven of us I think, I was six years old. The boat was well equipped including a piano. All the male members, except me, slept in the main saloon, we had a skipper and mate who did all the cooking. We hit a cowshed on one bend of the river so you can imagine the rise in the depth. The following year we hired the ‘Lapwing’ with skipper with just our family. Tom Culley of Coltishall was our skipper.
Philip kindly sent me the photograph on the right too; “It would seem that the Broads were a favourite venue for holidays - I attach a photograph, probably taken on a different occasion, of my grandfather, sitting on the cabin top, great uncle Joe Bonds, leaning on the mast and paid hand. It is believed that the location is the River Yare near Bramerton Woods End.“