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!