I believe that these must be the remains of Pauline which were lying near the entrance to Wood End Staithe on the Catfield east side of Barton Broad. Pauline began life as the Thames spritsail barge Federation No: 113707 which was built at Rochester in 1901 for the Thames and Medway Cooperative Barge and Carrying Society Ltd. She was bought by Frederick Miller in the early 1920s and converted into a luxury, floating hotel upon which one to three week, fully inclusive tours of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads were conducted. A crew of three – the skipper, a steward and stewardess, were in attendance throughout the holiday and places on board could be booked as an individual or as a group. There were six single cabins, two double berth cabins and one with three singles which were all fitted with a wash basin. There was a large galley and spacious saloon which seated the whole party for meals which included breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner and consisted of “good homely catering” according to contemporary adverts. It was also noted that evening dress was not expected to be worn by guests! Pauline was fitted with electric lights throughout and a “good wireless set” was provided. In 1933 the terms, including board and attendance, were between £4 10 shillings and £5 10 shillings per person, per week. Fred Miller ran Pauline until the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 after which she was sold to a family who lived on board at Oulton Broad for a while. She ended her days being used as staging on Barton Broad - can her remains still be seen I wonder?
The final slide from the Barber Family’s 1970s holidays shows Staithe Road at Barton Turf.
Horsey Staithe with the mill in the background.
Barton Turf in the late 1970s. The motor cruiser was the 2 berth Seamaster 25 Rollesby Broad from Herbert Woods. I can only assume that it was a break from sailing and a return to motor boat cruising on the Broads for Mr and Mrs Barber.
Another view of the cruiser Rollesby Broad at Barton Turf. She was one of a class named after Broads which included Filby, Ormesby and Lily. The cost of a week’s hire in 1978 was between £55 and £123 depending on the time of year.
The interior of the aft cockpit in Rollesby Broad.
Another sailing week for the Barber Family. This was one of three sailing cruisers photographed by D.H. Barber which were from the fleet run by Bowers Craft at Wayford Bridge. B248 was the 30ft, 4 b3rth Kingfisher.
Another of the Bowers Craft fleet, this was A175 Redwing. At 22 feet in length, she slept 2-3 people and cost between £66 and £94 per week to hire in 1978. Redwing had previously been part of Jack Powles fleet at Wroxham.
Another view of Redwing, moored at Barton Turf in the late 1970s.
A248 Kingfisher once again.
The Paddy’s Lane moorings at Barton Turf. A854 Woodlark was another of the Bowers Craft fleet.
Another shot of Woodlark at Paddy’s Lane.
Wherry remains lying at Barton Turf. See below for more details.
These are the remains of the wherry Victory which were lying at Barton Turf. In Marshland Adventure, published in 1950, J. Wentworth Day wrote that in the late 1940s that both Victory and the wherry Wanderer were lying in the reeds at Barton Turf; “snugly at anchor in the evening of their days, mastless and sailless.”
Another photograph of the wherry remains at Barton Turf in the late 1970s.