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The next collection of photographs also capture the Edwardian era and are from my own collection, dating from c1905. The photographer is unknown, but the images appear to have been taken whilst on a boating holiday.

Great Yarmouth drifter c1905

Great Yarmouth was a starting point for Broadland boating holidays, but it was also a popular stopping point for those who were cruising on the rivers. Fresh food supplies were still sometimes hard to come by at many villages en route, Yarmouth with it’s fine array of shops was the perfect place to obtain just about anything that you needed! It was also extremely popular as a seaside resort with many attractions springing up along the seafront and Marine Parade. As seen in Donald Shields photographs, the fish wharf and docks were also an attraction to many visitors and this particular cruising party obviously took a trip out on one of the many pleasure steamers which operated from the port. Here we see a local fishing trawler heading back in.

Great Yarmouth fishing trawlers c1905

Just out of the harbour, we see another pair of trawlers making their way out to sea.

Great Yarmouth sea trip c1905 Wroxham c1905

A photograph taken during the trip on a pleasure steamer as it heads out of Great Yarmouth c1905.

Wroxham c1905, taken from the riverbank near to the bridge, looking downstream. I believe that the boatyard on the left is the old Norfolk Broads Yachting Company yard. A wherry can be seen moored, although there is also another wherry sail in the picture. The “jolly” boat seen in the foreground bears the name “Maid Marion” and comes from  J. Gilbert of Yarmouth.

Wroxham c1905

Another photograph taken near to Wroxham Bridge c1905, looking downstream on the River Bure. A pleasure wherry can be seen on the river and, once again, I believe that the yard on the left is the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company.

View from Wroxham Bridge c1905

Another photograph taken near to Wroxham Bridge c1905, looking downstream on the River Bure. A pleasure wherry can be seen on the river and, once again, I believe that the yard on the left is the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company.

On the Norfolk Broads c1905

This was labelled as having been taken on the River Bure near Wroxham and features some of the other members of the party with whom the photographer was holidaying.

The Norfolk Broads c1905

Another photograph taken on board - presumably this is the skipper/attendant who’s services were engaged for the holiday. The location of this image has not yet been identified, but a mill can be seen in the background.

Sailing on the Norfolk Broads c1905

A counter sterned sailing cruiser pictured at an unknown location c1905.

Wherry at Ludham Bridge c1905

An unknown wherry passes beneath Ludham Bridge c1905. On the riverbank on the right, there is what looks like a pile of chalk marl which was often used on the land to improve the soil for crops such as turnips.

Ludham Bridge c1905

Another photograph taken at Ludham Bridge c1905. The crew had obviously been off to get fresh supplies of food and water. Stone jars, as can be seen above, were supplied on board wherries and yachts for carrying and storing fresh water as there were no fitted water tanks in those days.

The Norfolk Broads c1905

I have been unable to positively identify the location of the photograph above, but suspect that it must be either Hickling or Barton Broad as marker posts are just visible in the background.

Waxham Cut c1905

This is believed to have been taken at Waxham - the road bridge can be seen in the background.

Wherries crossing Breydon c1905

The first of three photographs taken on Breydon Water c1905. An incredible 13 wherries can be seen making the crossing together. You can clearly see that the trader in the centre of the picture is carrying a cargo of timber which is stacked over the edges of the decks. There is certainly at least one pleasure wherry amongst them which can be seen on the far right.

Raters on Breydon Water c1905

Two raters were also photographed on Breydon - possibly racing at the time?

Caprice Norfolk Broads c1905

I believe that this is the rater “Caprice” which was built c1900 by the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company, also pictured on Breydon c1905.

Norfolk Broads c1910

A trading wherry and anglers, pictured at an unknown location c1910. This image was produced as a magic lantern slide and comes from the collection of Andrew Day.

Lapwing Norfolk Broads c1915

The following three photographs date from c1915-1920 and belong to Eric Franklin whose grandfather, Walter Cooper, worked as a skipper for Ernest Collins at Wroxham. Walter is seen here skippering for a holiday party on Lapwing which was a 37ft cutter-rigged yacht, thought to have originally been built c1900 as a racing yacht. Walter Cooper lived in Anchor Street in Coltishall and worked for Ernest Collins between 1900 and 1920. He was taken ill suddenly on Easter Monday 1920 and sadly died a few days later at the age of 40 - it is thought that he may have contracted Weil’s disease

Lapwing Norfolk Broads c1915 Walter Cooper c1915

Another photograph of Walter Cooper at the helm of Lapwing. Lapwing was listed as available to hire with an attendant in Harry Blakes first Yachting List of 1908 but left the Collin’s hirefleet during the 1920s. What happened to her after that is unknown.

A studio portrait of Walter Cooper looking very smart in his Ernest Collin’s skippers uniform. This uniform appears to have changed very little up to the 1930s, and each skipper had the name of their boat emblazoned across the front of  their Guernsey jumpers.

The following collection of photographs are a selection taken from two albums which documented Broads holidays dated as 1931 and 1934. Sadly, I know nothing about the people featured, but the first holiday was taken by a party of ladies aboard the skippered yacht “Iverna”, the second was a family holiday on the motor cruiser “Maid Of The Foam”.

John Loynes boatyardWroxham 1931

We start with a view of Wroxham Bridge viewed from Jack Powles boatyard in 1931. This was formerly the site of Alfred Collins boatyard, when he died c1919, his partner Jack Powles took over the running of the yard and, in 1925, the name was changed to Jack Powles and Co. Even in the 1930s, Blakes brochures still listed Powles as being late Alfred Collins & Co. The yacht in the foreground on the right was the 38ft “Commodore”which was built in 1923 and cost between £9 10 shillings and £14 5 shillings for a weeks hire in 1933. On the left of the photograph, on the opposite side of the river, is John Loynes boatyard which had been established in Wroxham in the 1880s.

Collins boatyard Wroxham 1931

This photo is a bit of a puzzle. One of the boating party is obviously leaving their car at the boatyard prior to their holiday onboard “Iverna”. Iverna was built and hired by Ernest Collins at Wroxham, however, the sign in the background of this photograph is for the Alfred Collins boatyard mentioning houseboats and boats for hire. So I am not entirely sure which yard this was taken in! Presumably the two men are employees of the yard as the holiday party were an all female group.

Iverna on Wroxham Broad 1931

“Iverna” being put through her paces in 1931, thought to have been taken on Wroxham Broad. As previously mentioned, Iverna was built by Ernest Collins and was a 6 berth, cutter-rigged yacht, 40ft in length with a 9ft 6in beam. It came with an attendant/skipper who had a berth in the forepeak and cost between £8 and £13 for weeks hire.

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