The following collection of photographs were submitted to the archive by Andrew Day and were taken from an album which was dated as 1936. Sadly, I know nothing about the people featured here and unfortunately there is not enough visible of the motor cruiser the holiday was taken on for me to be able to identify it.
The holiday appears to have been taken by a party of six adults onboard an, as yet, unidentified centre cockpit motor cruiser. Here, four of the crew pose for the camera with the obligatory drinks in hand!
Cruising along in 1936. Note the large case on the coachroof on the left - I believe that this was a McMichael portable radio which were advertised in the contemporary boating brochures and were available to hire for the duration of your holiday from several outlets on the Broads at a cost of around 20 shillings per week. The purchase price for this unwieldy looking radio was nearly £16 in 1935 which was around the same cost as hiring one of the latest 6 berth cruisers for a week in August of that year!
Another photograph taken during the 1936 holiday.
An interesting photograph as it features an example of the type of cameras that holidaymakers were using to take photographs in the mid 1930s. This is a Kodak folding camera, possibly a Jiffy Six-Sixteen which retailed at just under £4 and produced prints of around 4 x 2.5 inches in size.
The crew enjoying another drink onboard their motor cruiser.
Two of the female crew members pose for the camera in 1936.
This looks as though it was probably taken whilst crossing Barton Broad.
Bailing out the dinghy whilst crossing Barton Broad in 1936.
Two of the crew prepare to set sail in the dinghy.
Hunsett Mill and cottage pictured in 1936.
Many thanks to Alison Yardy who has identified this as possibly being the small, brick tower mill which once stood on the banks of the River Ant at Irstead. It’s one of several windpumps which have, sadly, been demolished over the years.
The River Bure near Horning. The crew have just passed the riverside mansion “Burefield”, the distinctive thatched, round summerhouse of which can be seen in the background. The sailing cruiser has been identified as being “Raisena” RCC3 which was built by Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham in 1932 (with thanks to Nick Matthews).
This looks to be the same sailing cruiser, “Raisena”.
Riverside houses at Horning, pictured in 1936.
The white mill and riverside bungalow on Ferry Reach at Horning.
Another photograph taken at Horning, near to the Ferry Inn in 1936.
Horning Ferry Inn pictured in 1936.
An afternoon nap onboard the holiday cruiser!
With thanks once again to Alison Yardy, this has been identified as Ludham Coldharbour Mill which stood on the eastern bank of the River Thurne between Hundred Dyke and Womack Dyke. Built by the Ludham millwright Daniel England, the mill was virtually derelict at the time this photograph was taken in 1936 and is believed to have last been operational c1913. The mill has long since been demolished but the foundations were uncovered in 2005 whilst new soke dykes were being installed. The Ludham Archive Community Group recorded and photographed the site at that time and their findings were reported on the groups website.
Another photograph taken whilst underway.
Sailing the lug-sailed dinghy at an unknown location in 1936.