Yvonne and Daniel Horner pictured at St. Olaves onboard “Alpha Tempest” in July 1995.
Oulton Broad pictured in July 1995.
“Silver Gem 2” picture at Richardsons Yard in Stalham in October 1996.
The following set of images were taken by the Richardson family at their Horning
Pleasurecraft yard of the fire which broke out there in 1992. My thanks to Clive
Richardson for allowing me to display them here.
This photograph shows the ferocity of the fire onboard the moored cruisers. The fire
spread rapidly aided by the fact that the ex F.B. Wilds boats, which were part of
the Horning Pleasurecraft fleet, had fibreglass diesel tanks which, of course, melted
as the fire took hold. As the mooring ropes burnt through, the burning cruisers drifted
across to the opposite quay, setting more boats alight.
The scene at Horning Pleasurecraft on the morning after the fire. They lost eight
boats that night, although two of the write-offs were sold on to people who then
managed to resurrect them!
Another photograph showing the devastating scene at Horning Pleasurecraft.
The fire damaged cruiser in the foreground is Q759 “Trinidad”.
The fire at Horning Pleasurecraft began during the night, in the early part of 1992
before the main season had begun. It was believed to have been caused by an electrical
fault in a fuse box.
By the time these photographs were taken, firefighters were already on the scene
tackling the blaze.
Another fire damaged cruiser on the right - a Caribbean Major G989.