Saturday 4th June Night Mooring: Fleet Dyke, South Walsham
1600 Slipped from Moore’s Yard, having previously had ½ hrs. trial run with
engineer on board.
Downstream to Salhouse Broad passed Horning Ferry.
1720 Moored for tea ½ mile from ferry.
1840 Slipped and proceeded passed remains of Abbey Gate and explored South Walsham
2000 Returned along Fleet Dyke and moored near its mouth for the night.
Dinghy was given its first outing by the boys while the girls prepared
their first meal on board.
2100 Supper: Mushroom soup
Cheese & biscuits
Pineapple flan & cream
Washed up and had a rest. Trevor, Don, Maureen & Ruth went sailing while Brenda and
Jeff prepared for next meal, after a short walk round Dyke.
1740 Tea and cakes.
1830 Slipped – well navigated again by Don from crowded dyke and proceeded to
Potter Heigham once more, where we watered ship. Jeff stopped engine
by overheating – Black Mark, Jeff!! Proceeded at snail’s pace to Thurne
Dyke, mooring off starboard corner of dyke.
Peas, tomatoes & potatoes
Rhubarb and custard
Monday 6th June – Whitsun Bank HolidayDay mooring: Thurne Dyke
mooring: Acle Dyke, Eastick’s Yard
Early morning tea by Maureen. Jeff collected milk in the dinghy at 8.00am. Motor
cruiser picking up a crew member carried away out port fender, but this was retrieved.
Lunch: Smoked haddock
Peas, mashed potatoes
Fresh apricots and custard
After recovering from lunch – Don and Jeff went sailing. Girls tidied up and washed
smalls. Took on fuel and
1725 Slipped and proceeded upstream towards Ludham. Had breakdown – engine – due
to overheating – slight damage to starboard gunwale on drifting to emergency
Weather:Bright intervals – rather cloudy though most times. Not as bright as yesterday.
Shower mid-day. Stiff breeze in noon.
Passed Thurne and wended way up Womack Water – very pretty scenery and
1900 Found pleasant mooring alongside a wood. All went off in dinghy, Jeff rowing,
and we explored theWater and returned for Dinner.
2000 Dinner: (light) Soft rows on toast
Cheese & biscuits
Washed up and went into Ludham Village to “King’s Head” and “Baker’s Arms” which
didn’t come up to expectations. Woke up latter house with sing-song. Homeward bound
– quite merry. Turned in at 11pm.
1230 Slipped and cruised up River Ant. Watered ship at Ludham Bridge and continued
up to Irstead for lunch. Boys purchased veg. and potatoes from nearby
1600 Slipped and proceeded to Barton Broad. Explored broad as far as Neatishead
but found moorings crowded so retraced our route and moored at Old Lime
Kiln Dyke for night. Lost mop twice here – once by Ruth and once by Brenda. Jeff
made marvellous recovery of same.Trevor had some difficulty in turning
round at Neatishead? Don, Ruth, Maureen went for a row.
Dinner: Corned beef
Salad & potatoes
Gooseberries & custard
Weather: Cloudy in the morning – bright sunny periods during afternoon and evening.
Boys in a very cheerful mood – why? Heaven alone knows. Jeff had tummy trouble!
After dinner went to village and bought milk (with loan of can by farmer’s wife)
– adjourned to the “Eagle Tavern” – large party of broads folk – one chap played
the piano and there was a terrific uproar. Returned to “Corinthian” – chocolate biscuits
and late to bed.
Thursday 9th June Day mooring: Old Lime Kiln Dyke
Night mooring: Malthouse Broad, Ranworth
The most wonderful morning. Ruth and Brenda went rowing in the dinghy at 6.00am.
in their pyjamas – and photographed swans and the boats moored alongside. Ruth made
early morning tea.
Bacon, tomatoes, fried bread
Toast, marmalade & coffee.
Maureen and Brenda fetched milk (two journeys). Don and Brenda washed up.
1015 Slipped – Jeff at the wheel. Proceeded up Barton Broad en route lost a fender
and Brenda retrieved same by dinghy. Moored at Stalham and went shopping
– had coffee, bought sweets and wrote cards.
Weather: Still beautiful – really hot and shorts and suntops all day.
The following is a transcript of the log of a holiday taken on the motor cruiser
“Corinthian” which was hired between the 4th and 11th June 1949. Written by Brenda
Lambert and Jeffery Hammond, the log details their week afloat with a group of friends
on board the cruiser which was hired from R.Moore & Sons of Wroxham. The log was
submitted to the archive by Brenda and Jeffery’s daughter, Debbie Whymant. A selection
of photos taken by the Hammond’s during this, and subsequent holidays on the Norfolk
Broads can be found in the 1900-1950 Gallery.
Weather: On slipping at 1600 encountered heavy thundery shower but it cleared and
the remainder of the day was calm and clear.
Sunday 5th June Day mooring: Fleet Dyke
Night mooring: Thurne Dyke
Early morning tea by Don. Mooring very satisfactory, but crew, especially the girls,
were somewhat disturbed by noise of lapping water against gunwales. They woke at
3.00am and talked. The bunks proved extremely comfortable.
0900 Breakfast: Kippers or poached eggs
Toast & marmalade
1050 Slipped and proceeded downstream to Potter Heigham and Don at the wheel
navigated “Corinthian” smoothly through the notorious
bridge. Thence to Pleasure Boat Dyke off Hickling Broad.
1230 Arrived and moored. Don and Trevor went sailing. Crew except Maureen had
a drink at “Pleasure Boat Inn”.
Weather: Beautiful clear blue sky but clouded a bit on slipping. Improved later,
stiff breeze and encountered many yachts. All felt sun-burnt and
After dinner drinks at “Lion Hotel” and proceeded merrily back to “Corinthian”. Turned
in at 11.00pm.
0900 Breakfast: Cereals
Bacon & tomatoes
Toast & marmalade
Stores collected in dinghy by Ruth and Jeff.
1100 Slipped and headed for Yarmouth.
1245 Moored 2 miles upstream from Yarmouth for lunch.
Lunch: Spaghetti & tomatoes
Rhubarb and custard
1400 Slipped and arrived Yarmouth at
1500 Moorings crowded and had some difficulty in finding one. Went ashore and
walked through town to sea front – extremely crowded. Went on Pier and
tried Amusement Arcade and bumper cars. Proceeded back to Yarmouth Yacht Station
by taxi – we couldn’t get back quick enough. Watered ship.
1730 Slipped and proceeded upstream to
2000 Acle Dyke. Very pleasant mooring, peaceful and calm. Ruth went rowing in
dinghy and later Trevor was taken aboard and they went sailing.
2100 Dinner: Sausage meat
Peas and potatoes
Steamed marmalade pudding
Weather: Fine morning with stiff breeze. Later sun shone and we had the best day
so far. Suntops and shorts all day.
Went to “Hermitage Inn” for drinks – Jeff woke up the village playing the piano and
we had a rowdy sing-song. Turned out at closing time and returned to “Corinthian”.
Tea and bed.
Tuesday 7th JuneDay mooring: Acle Dyke
Night mooring: Womack Water, Ludham.
Brenda made early morning tea. Ruth collected milk and later Don.
Fried eggs and bread
Toast, marmalade & coffee
Maureen and Ruth went in dinghy before breakfast. Don and Maureen sailed soon after
their return. Trevor inflated his rubber dinghy. A fishmonger came alongside. All
proceeded to Acle Village and collected stores and visited church. Jeff and Don bought
identical horse pipes. Stocked up with cigs at a barber’s shop. Don and Jeff had
a drink at Hermitage Inn and Trevor went sailing. Girls prepared lunch and later
boys watered ship.
Wednesday 8th JuneDay mooring: Womack Water
Night mooring: Old Lime Kiln Dyke
Trevor made early morning tea. Maureen collected the milk (two journeys) found its
quite a long walk.
New buttered Hovis
Toast & marmalade
While Don tinkered with the engine the rest went round the backwaters in dinghy.
On return Ruth, Brenda and Don went for a walk into village to buy a loaf.
Watered ship further up dyke and Brenda took dinghy upstream to wait while they turned
round. Proceeded back to Barton Broad and dropped mud weight and Don went sailing
before lunch. (Picked some water lilies).
1430 Lunch: Chops
Peas, new potatoes & greens
Pears, gooseberries & custard & cream
Trevor went sailing for ½ hr. Left Barton Broad and proceeded up passed Barton Turf
and up continuation of River Ant in direction of Wayford Bridge. Stuck in Dilham
Canal mud about 100 yds. From Tonnage Bridge. Reversed off mud with difficulty able
to turn boat round and decided to moor and go in search of eggs and milk. Complete
crew took dinghy, rowed by Maureen up passed Bridge and bartered for milk and ducks
eggs at Tonnage Bridge Farm. (Jeff left the kitty behind).
Slipped once more and proceeded downstream to Barton Broad (tea en route) and with
general disapproval Don anchored close to lunch-time mooring. Heated discussion and
we again slipped, Brenda at the helm, to Irstead – Trevor was put ashore and ship
lay to while he tried to get eggs – no luck.Underway again and down River Ant to
Ranworth passing Ludham Bridge to Malthouse Broad. Broad was seething with other
craft. Maureen bought us in and we anchored close off shore to Maltster Public House.
High tea: Ducks eggs
Fresh bread & butter
Took to dinghy after tea, Maureen again rowing us, and went to Maltsters which proved
to be very quiet – at least we all felt quiet. 10.30pm. returned on board and turned
in. Cold mist blew up after dark.