The River Bure, opposite the Swan Hotel and green. The moored boats are, from left to right, T491 “Broadsventure 8”, Chumley & Hawke’s “Caravelle 3” B281 and one of Richardson's Tranquil/Crusader class. The Tranquil class of cruisers were designed for Richardson's by Ken Harrison in 1951 and his original plans for this and two other cruisers can be found within the Broadland Memories Archive in the Boatyards & Boats area of the Paper & Ephemera section.
More of Terry Baldrey’s photographs from the 1960s
R58 “Broadway 1” pictured on the River Bure at Horning in 1965.
A658 “Finewind 5” from Windboats of Wroxham, also pictured on the River Bure at Horning.
B790 “Brinks Ricarda” pictured at her home yard of Brinks at Wroxham. This 6/7 berth cruiser was a top of the range boat in the mid 1960s - in 1968 a weeks hire cost between £49-£84 depending on the season.
W.K. Barnes yard at Wroxham in 1965. The first two boats moored in the shed are Y799 “Queen Jayne” and Y798 “Queen Margaret”.
The final photograph from 1965 was taken early morning at the Bridge Inn moorings at Acle. T495 “Broadsventure 12” can be seen moored in the foreground. Broadsventure 12 is now back in the hands of the Richardson family, after several years of private ownership, and is currently undergoing full restoration at Stalham.
The first of two photographs which were submitted by Alan Wright showing their family holiday aboard the Graham Bunn built “Merrywind” which was hired from the Windboats yard at Wroxham c1960.
The second photograph of Merrywind taken during the Wright Family holiday c1960.
his is the first of two photographs which were taken by Pete Clark in 1965, and sent to me by Don Brown who wrote: “In 1965 four mathematics students from Aston University shared a cruiser on the Broads after exams. We happened upon the Ferry Inn, Horning with its thatched roof ablaze and (before Elfinsafety) we helped remove furniture from the pub until the fire service arrived. Hot thirsty work, but we had to go elsewhere for that drink!”. The photographs capture the dramatic events of that day in March 1965 when the Ferry Inn caught fire, destroying much of the building.
The second photograph from 1965 of the fire at Horning Ferry Inn showing the volunteers in the process of rescuing furniture and other items from the burning pub as the fire brigade tackle the blaze. Don remembers that the fire service were quite happy to let people go in and out of the building to retrieve as much as they could. This was not the first disaster to have affected the pub - you can read more about its eventful history on this post on the Broadland Memories Blog.
The following collection of photographs were submitted to the archive by John Turner and were taken during Broadland holidays on the motor cruisers Kingfisher II, Star Glory II and Broad Wave III in the 1960s. You can read John’s accompanying memories of boating on the Broads in the 1960s in the personal memories section of the archive.
John Turner first visited the Norfolk Broads in 1965 with his school friend Roger, hiring B145 “Kingfisher II” from J.Loynes & Sons boatyard at Wroxham. The Kingfisher class were built towards the end of the 1930s, measured 22ft in length with an 8ft beam and were powered by an 8hp 4cyl Morris Vedette petrol engine. Sleeping two in single berths in the aft cabin, with the galley and toilet in the fore cabin, by the mid 1960s she was advertised as being equipped with a two burner gas stove with grill and an ice box. The 1966 edition of Blakes boating brochure listed a hire price of between £9 10s and £15 16s per person per week depending on the time of year. The photograph above shows Kingfisher II moored in Upton Dyke in 1965.
Another photograph of Kingfisher II moored in Upton Dyke in 1965. John recalls: “She was a good boat for novices to handle. She had a big balanced rudder and no skeg, rather like a sailing cruiser, and could turn easily in her own length. I am pretty sure that we used to turn her round in the middle of Upton Dyke without having to bother to go down to the basin at Eastwood Whelpton’s yard.”
The helm and controls of Kingfisher II, photographed by John Turner in 1965.
B145 “Kingfisher II” moored at Collins Pleasure Craft, Oulton Broad in 1965. John Turner is pictured swabbing down the decks!
John’s friend Roger is seen filling up with water at Collins Pleasure Craft, Oulton Broad in 1965.
Roger installs the Royal Ensign on the stern of Kingfisher II at Oulton Broad.
Mooring up at Beccles Yacht Station in 1965. The view seen here is looking up towards where the harbour masters office now stands on the far right.
Kingfisher II seen moored at Thorpe St. Andrew - the MGB “Morning Flight” which was home to the owner of Hearts Cruisers, Commander Ashby and his family, can be seen in the background.
Roger and Mr & Mrs Turner pose for the camera onboard Kingfisher II at J.Loynes boatyard in Wroxham in 1965.
In 1966 the two friends returned for a second holiday on the Broads, Roger hiring Kingfisher II with another friend whilst John Turner joined his parents on Broad Wave III from Clifford E.Allen’s boatyard at Coltishall. The photograph above shows Kingfisher II moored in Somerleyton Dyke with Broad Wave III behind it.
Roger pictured sitting on Kingfisher II at Somerleyton in 1966.