Approaching Acle Bridge c1930 with a trading wherry moored on the left. The medieval, three arched stone bridge was soon to be replaced.
A small set of photographs which document two trips taken on the Norfolk Broads in 1930 and 1931 by a group of friends on the Ernest Collins motor cruisers Tuscan and Talisman.
The four berth motor cruiser “Tuscan” pictured at Great Yarmouth Yachting Station c1930. Built by Ernest Collins at Wroxham, Tuscan would have been a brand new boat in 1930 and was joined by three sister ships, Trojan, Talisman and Toreador by the following year. Blakes 1933 brochure stated that “There are two roomy cabins fitted with comfortable sofa spring berths, cupboards and shelves. Latest patent w.c. Is available for either cabin, while the galley is fitted with ‘Perfection’ stove and freshwater tap.”
Sailing cruisers pictured c1930. I believe the one in the foreground is “Commodore” - see below.
I think that this is possibly “Commodore” which featured in an earlier set of photographs within these gallery pages and was on hire from Jack Powles (ex Alfred Collins) boatyard c1930.
This is an interesting shot of Acle Bridge which must have been taken during the latter stages of construction of the new road bridge as you can see the scaffolding and wooden formers beneath the bridge still in place. The photographer had obviously returned to the Broads, this time hiring Tuscan’s sister ship “Talisman” from Ernest Collins. Note all of the beer bottle lined up on the cabin roof.
A female crew member and canine companion aboard Talisman at Acle Bridge in 1931. Sadly, I’m unable to read the labels on the beer bottle, but they are almost certainly the produce of one or more of the local breweries. Holiday provisions were bought on a sale or return basis in the 1930s - I’m guessing that there were no returns on the beer though!
Another shot of Talisman on the Norfolk Broads in 1931. From Blake’s 1933 brochure once again: “The engine is the popular Thornycroft ‘Handy Billy’ twin with impulse starting, and there is electric light throughout.”
The ever popular pastime of feeding the ducks. “The 6ft by 8ft 6in cockpit, with it’s seats and lockers under, gives plenty of space for all, and the engine cover makes a handy table for outdoor meals. Awning with talc windows forward covers the cockpit at night or in bad weather.”
The other three crew members cruising on the rivers in 1931. Both of the young ladies appear the be sporting the “Marcel Wave” - a popular hairstyle at the time.
Another photograph of the crew of Talisman taken at the same time a the previous image.
The final photograph from the set shows that the crew of Talisman were clearly part of a larger group of friends, presumably on at least two boats and maybe in conjunction with the yachting party seen above They were obviously a boozy lot! This is a wonderful image showing the fashions and hairstyles of the day. The lady sitting on the right appears to have a rather large bruise on her forehead. Been there, done that many times on a boat!
Another set of photographs from the Broadland Memories archives, with an interesting collection which were taken just after the Second World War. In 1948, a group of four young friends hired the motor cruiser Valiant for a holiday on the Norfolk Broads. I know little about the holiday group but the photographer was called Roger Mellor who hailed from Bakewell in Derbyshire. Some of the clothing worn by the men, coupled with their age, would suggest that they had all served in the armed forces during the war.
This looks as though it was taken on the River Thurne at Potter Heigham/Repps. Not only did the crew have a portable wireless on board, but they also took along a Columbia wind up gramophone with a selection of 78rpm records.
Another photograph taken along the same stretch of river as the previous image. Rationing of various goods was still in force at this time and petrol rationing meant that holiday cruising was restricted to a maximum of 120 miles per week on the Norfolk Broads. The rationing of bread ended in 1948, petrol in 1950, with confectionary and sugar remaining restricted until 1953.
Sailing on the River Bure at Horning in 1948, with the Swan Hotel seen in the background.
The first photograph shows the motor cruiser B142 “Valiant” moored alongside a reedy bank in 1948. Valiant was a 29ft, centre cockpit wooden cruiser which had been built in the 1930s, and was hired from Eastick’s Yacht Station at Acle. The cost for a weeks hire in the 1947 edition of Blake’s “Norfolk Broads Holiday’s Afloat” brochure was £26 and 10 shillings during the summer months.
Hickling Pleasure Boat Inn with Valiant moored in the foreground. The pub was owned by the Bullards Brewery and the licensee at this time was Alfred Amis.
Three of the crew pose on the coachroof alongside a portable wireless.
Another photograph taken on board Valiant in 1948. Valiant’s layout consisted of a forward galley with a sink and calor gas stove and oven, ahead of the centre cabin/saloon which contained two sprung berths. The aft cabin provided a further two berths with a washbasin, a pump flush toilet was situated between this cabin and the cockpit.
Map reading - note the klaxon horn on the roof. It took a few years for the holiday industry to recover after the Second World War. Blake’s Norfolk Broads Holiday’s Afloat brochure mentioned a decrease in the number of yachts, motor cruisers and houseboats which were available to hire from over 600 pre-war to around 400 in 1947. The hire fleets had been laid up during the war, a good number having been rafted together on the open Broads in an effort to prevent enemy seaplanes landing. Many had sunk during this time others were is such a poor state of repair that extensive rebuilds were needed. A programme of building new craft was undertaken by the yards and the numbers gradually built up again over the following few years.
Another view of the Swan Hotel at Horning in 1948.
Hullabaloos! Cruising on the River Bure through Horning with the gramophone on the go.