The crew, pictured onboard the motor cruiser A114 “Corinthian” at Hickling in June
1949. It appears that Corinthian and her sister ship “Crusader” were built by Graham
Bunn at the Winboats yard at Wroxham c1930/31 and were the original Fair Wind and
Good Wind class. These were seemingly sold on very quickly and replaced by the new
Fair Wind class in 1933. In 1939 both cruisers were being run as part of J.W. Eastick’s
fleet at Acle as Corinthian and Crusader, although where they had been in the intervening
years is still a bit of a mystery as they did not appear on Harry Blake’s list. After
the war she moved back to Wroxham where she was operated by R.Moore & Sons. By the
late 1950s Corinthian was listed as part of W.B.Hoseason’s small fleet at Oulton
Broad. As she had disappeared from the brochures by 1960, and her registration number
was given to the 1960s built motor cruiser “Master Peter”, it seems as though she
was either destroyed or moved away from the Broads c1959. Many thanks to Brian Kermode
for his assistance in piecing together the history of Corinthian.
Another photograph of the crew of Corinthian in 1949 - from left to right are: Ruth
Sullivan, Brenda Hammond (nee Lambert), Trevor Hall, Maureen Hearn and Don Thompson.
From left to right are: Jeffery Hammond, Ruth Sullivan, Trevor Hall, Don Thompson
and Brenda Hammond (nee Lambert).
The motor cruiser Corinthian, labelled as being moored in Acle Dyke. The ships log
mentions purchasing supplies from a fishmonger who visited by boat whilst they were
here. Corinthian was 35 feet in length and slept up to seven people in three cabins
and was quite an elegant looking craft.
Some of the crew are seen here at the Rising Sun moorings at Coltishall in June 1949.
Another photograph of Corinthian, captioned as having been taken at Stalham in June
Corinthian and crew moored at the Pleasure Boat Inn, Hickling in June 1949.
This had the rather confusing caption of “Old Lyme Kiln Dyke (Womack Water)” in the
photograph album - according to the ships log, both Womack and Neatishead were visited
during their week afloat so it could be either! When I first looked at the photo,prior
to reading the caption,I did think that it had a look of Womack about it, with the
island being seen to the left, but I am not certain.
Jeffery Hammond attends to domestic duties onboard the motor cruiser Corinthian in
An unidentified sailing cruiser, pictured in June 1949.
The following set of photographs were submitted to the archive by Debbie Whymant and belonged to her parents, Brenda and Jeffery Hammond. The photos cover two holidays on the Norfolk Broads which were taken with a group of friends in 1949 and 1950 before the couple married - a written account of their 1949 holiday “The Log of Corinthian” can be found in the personal memories section of the archive.