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Thanks to Graham Thomas for these photographs of Norfolk Broads boats from 1961-62
For those who remember Horning from 1962 Graham recalls "We hired a cottage for our honeymoon called Bay Lodge, opposite the green in the centre of Horning. The cottage was part of a garage, (Horning Motors - an associated company of Delves Motors Ltd. Norwich) and has since been demolished to make way for a road. On our return last year I took another photo in the same location. The green has changed little except that the view of the river is now spoilt by parked cars."
Visitor Steve Day tells me that after the closure of Banhams boatyard in the late sixties all the Monarch / Sirdar fleet boats were sold into private ownership during the early eighties after becoming too "old fashioned" for the hire fleets. He's also discovered that until two years ago one Monarch was at Wayford Bridge in private ownership, and was up for sale for £25000!
Pictures and history of a 1940s Broads cruiser (Submitted by the boat's owners)
I discovered this elegant and beautifully maintained wooden boat, a river and canal cruiser, on the Macclesfield canal. (Click the picture for a better view.)
It transpired, after conversation with the owner, that the boat was built in 1963 and is narrow enough to fit into the locks on all the narrow canals. He's owned it for the last 25 years.
story of an ex Norfolk Broads hire cruiser from the 1940s |
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