“Seiko” from A.J. Yaxley of Belaugh, moored at Beccles in the early 1950s.
The wherry “Liberty” moored at Brundall in 1956. The pleasure wherry Liberty was
built by Ernest Collins at Wroxham but, by the 1950s, she had lost her sailing rig
and was being used as a houseboat at Brundall under the ownership of Jim Cole.
Another photograph of the wherry “Liberty” at Brundall in 1956. Liberty was eventually
sold to the naturalist Ted Ellis who sunk her at the entrance to Wheatfen Broad.
The following four photographs were submitted to the archive by Alan Wright, and
were taken by his parents during holidays on the Norfolk Broads the 1950s.
An unidentified sailing cruiser, A694, pictured in the mid 1950s.
Pandora sailing on South Walsham Broad in March 1950. There were four of the Pandora
class listed in Blakes 1949 brochure and the hire terms were between £17 and £23
Also taken on South Walsham Broad in 1950, this is the 27ft “Summer Breeze” which
was part of the Southgates fleet at Horning. Southgates yard had been purchased by
Herbert Woods - hence the Woods star on the sail. Whilst the sails of the Woods yachts
bore the classic blue star, the Southgates sails had a red star.
One of Ernest Collins “Pandora” class of sailing cruisers, pictured passing St. Benet’s
Abbey ruins on the River Bure in March 1950.
The sailing cruiser “Grebe 1” pictured on the Upper Thurne above Potter Heigham Bridge
in May 1951. There were two of the Grebe class listed in Blakes 1952 brochure which
were available to hire from J.Loynes and Sons of Wroxham.
Another photograph of Grebe 1 sailing above Potter Heigham. These 20ft, 2 berth yachts
were listed as being “suitable only for the experienced yachtsman” and cost between
£10/10 shillings and £15/10 shillings a week to hire.
The next set of images were photographed by M.Joy during sailing holidays which were taken between 1950 and 1951. You can see more photographs from the collection on this page of the 1900-1950 Gallery.