Continuing with the collection of photographs from 1925
Setting off from Oulton Broad onboard the yacht Pintail.
Unknown sailing cruiser.
This was also taken at Oulton Broad. In the centre right is a houseboat which looks like a conversion of an ex lifeboat. There were a number of ex lifeboats which found their way onto the Broads over the years, possibly the most well known being the Friend Of All Nations.
Wonderful photograph of the group taken whilst underway. The photographer was presumably in the dinghy which was being towed behind.
Another shot of the friends taken from the dinghy.
I love the use of head scarves here - presumably to keep the sun off their heads.
Pintail and crew are seen moored on the River Waveney at St Olaves/Haddiscoe. You can just about make out the rail line and approach to Haddiscoe Swing Bridge on the right in the background.
A trading wherry approaches. It’s a wide stretch of river and I wonder wether this may have been taken on the Upper Yare.
The first of two photos of another trading wherry.
There appear to be several people on board the wherry and a quant pole is being used here.
Another shot of the crew onboard Pintail.
Very few of the photographs within this collection had any information with them, but this particular photo had Beccles written on the back.
This looks as though it must have been taken at the same time as the previous photograph at Beccles.
Lunch or dinner onboard Pintail with a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup in the centre of the table. Note the oil lamp hanging above the table and, in the background to the left, is a small piano.
Reedham Quay with the Lord Nelson pub seen on the right. Back to Broadland Yachting which told us that “Reedham has a good post office and a few shops. The most important shopping place there is Mr F. Cooling’s up-to-date Grocery Stores on the hill. They are renowned for their delicious home-made jams and high class provisions for yachting people.”
Heading upstream on the River Yare from Reedham, the house in the distance is Brit House which has recently been renovated and is now available to rent as a holiday home. Broadland Yachting continued; “There are several good farm houses in the district, where, if their tenants are asked politely, excellent farm produce can be obtained. Foraging for dainties at farm houses is an art. It is wiser to express your admiration for the dog, the cat and the fowls first, before you mention the fact that you are requiring eggs, butter and milk. These farm people are the soul of independence, but tread lightly at first and you will agree with me, that they will oblige you with anything they have. These good folk simply require knowing.”
I’m not certain of the location of this photograph, but it looked as though it might be Bramerton to me.
Moored at Whitlingham, looking towards Thorpe St Andrew,. Broadland Yachting’s description read: “Beyond the top of Whitlingham Reach the sharp bend leads you quickly to the chief mooring place, on the right hand, quite close to Whitlingham Railway Station. The water is fairly deep and the landing good. The bank is a favourite walk of the pretty girls for which Norwich district is renowned.”
A second photograph taken at Whitlingham in the 1920s. Broadland Yachting urged visitors to take their dinghy under the rail bridge to the village; “ A row on this charming backwater, which lies at the foot of Thorpe Village, should not be missed. Boats of every description can be hired from Thorpe Gardens which is a popular place to visit. The inhabitants of Norwich are keen boating people. Large numbers of boaters flock to Thorpe in the evening, and on holiday occasions, to enjoy a pull down the river to Bramerton.”
One of the holiday party using the quant. Broadland Yachting had an entire chapter devoted to the fine art of quanting and the mishaps which could occur to unwary novices. It advised one to “Watch the skipper of a Norfolk wherry for a practical demonstration. Always wear rubber soled shoes when quanting, and for the beginner it is advisable to roll up the shirt sleeves above the elbow. The quant has been aptly described as a ‘glorified punt pole’ and one writer on Broadland matters has asserted in good truth that quanting is easily learned; but it is also easy to fall over-board whilst learning.”
More photographs of the crew onboard Pintail.
Captioned on the reverse as being “Jack & Frank”.
A lovely photograph of the gentlemen in their head scarves.
The final photograph from this 1920s set is another shot of the holiday party onboard Pintail. Secondhand copies of Jack Robinson’s “Broadland Yachting” do crop up for sale quite often. You can also find a set of photographs of Jack Robinson and his family and fleet at Oulton Broad from 1915 to the 1930s on this page of the Broadland Memories website.
The holiday party onboard Pintail. Built in 1925, this 39ft cruiser slept six people in the two cabins and had a large aft well. It was mentioned that single mattresses could be supplied to create extra berths, which was presumably the case here as there appear to be eight in the group, plus the attendant.
The 1920s fashions in this collection of photographs are wonderful!
A final shot of the 1925 holiday group with another unidentified mill in the background.
Acle Bridge, also pictured in 1925.
The last photograph from 1925 shows the riverfront at Stokesby. From Broadland Yachting: “The most suitable moorings are below the Ferry Inn by the right hand bank. The post office is quite near , also a few small shops. Farm produce can be obtained in the district, but there is no telephone service at Stokesby. The small children of the village still sing to the passing yachts ‘Ho!John Barleycorn, Ho! John Barleycorn, All day long I raise my song, To old John Barleycorn’. Their reward for this song is usually a few coppers thrown ashore for them to scramble over.”
The second set of photographs from the 1920s were taken whilst holidaying on yacht “Pintail”which was hired from W.S. Parker of Oulton Broad. This is the first of two group shots taken at Oulton Broad.
Larking about for the camera and looking slightly windswept at Oulton Broad.
Another photograph taken at Oulton Broad, looking across to the Maltings. Jack Robinson ran his own hire fleet at Oulton Broad and in Broadland Yachting wrote: “ Oulton Broad is now one of the most important yachting centres. It boasts of a large fleet of modern craft especially suitable for people who sail without attendants. It’s rapid development as a yachting centre is chiefly due to the enterprise of Mr Leo A. Robinson, Yacht builder and owner. This firm has for hire the largest fleet of modern craft in this particular locality, and every attention that conduces to comfort is offered to hirers of these craft.” Leo Robinson was, of course, Jack’s brother.
This was taken from what is now the Yacht Station at Oulton Broad, looking across to Leo Robinson’s boatyard. Mike Barnes contaced me to identify the wherry yacht seen here as Olive May which operated out of Oulton Broad (not to be confused with the Collins wherry yacht Olive). Mike said “She was quite distinctive with a low sheer, notably without the usual bulwark and raised capping on the other wherry yachts, and she had a long flat counter. She is pictured here on her swinging mooring just outside the harbour masters office at Oulton. The distinctive tall building in the background (centre of/behind the wherry) is known as the “Maidie Shed”. This was the purpose built boatshed with gentlemen's retreat on top, built especially for the racing yacht Maidie in 1919. Remarkably, it included a cottage as permanent living quarters for the professional crew. “