Norfolk Broads Holidays Afloat - 1947

A range of Norfolk Broads wooden cabin cruisers from the Blakes 1947
boating holiday catalogue - republished in limited edition form in 2001.
(All images © Blakes Holiday Boating)

Click on any of the images for a better view

Note:- By default, Windows XP reduces images to fit in your browser window. If an "Expand to regular size" box appears in the right hand corner of the enlarged image, click on this to view at the proper size. Alternatively, right click the image to save it on your computer.

Peter Pan Class - 2 berth

A 17ft boat with a 4 horse power engine. Two berths with spring upholstery. Flush toilet in forward compartment. Calor gas cooking and electric lighting. Based at Horning

Click the small image for full specification - (64K file size)

Cadet Class - 4 berth

The Cadet was powered by a 12HP Morris "Vedette" engine with electric start. 3 separate cabins. 14 feet long and slept 4. Folding canopy over the centre cockpit. Based at Brundall.

Click the small image for full specification - (74K file size)

Foam Class - 6 berth

Hiring base - Wroxham. 36 feet long. 3 separate cabins comprising 6 single berths. Bathroom with hot and cold water. Folding chairs in centre cockpit. Built in mahogany. 6 cylinder 16HP engine. 2 separate WC's and wash basins.

Click the small image for full specification - (82K file size)

Ring of Light Class - 6 berth

Hiring base - Potter Heigham. 36 feet long. Smart, comfortable, three-cabin cruisers. Somnus spring mattresses. Sunshine roof and sliding windows. Fume extractors. A collapsible canopy provides comfort in all weathers. Sailing dinghy provided. 4 cylinder 12HP Morris Navigator engine. The cruiser Shaft of Light is still in use, in private ownership, and is now known as Lady Edith.

Click the small image for full specification - (72K file size)

Princess of Light Class - 8 berth

Hired from Potter Heigham. 42 feet long. Powered by a 20HP 6 cylinder Morris Commodore engine. 4 single and 2 double spring berths. Bathroom with full sized bath. Sunshine roof over the saloon. Fume extractors. Sailing dinghy provided.

Click the small image for full specification - (64K file size)

The Enchantress - 10 berth + 2 crew

The Enchantress slept 10 . The large saloon even had a piano. Electric bells summoned the steward. The crew consisted of a skilled skipper / engineer and a steward to attend to all the cooking. Based at Oulton Broad.

Click the small image for full specification - (67K file size)

Craig Slawson has compiled a database of almost 20,000 Norfolk Broads boats from his observations over the last 37 years. Craig would welcome any additions to the database via his Boats of the Norfolk Broads website.

In June 2008 - Griff Jones from Baldock, Herts wrote and said "I have a Jocelyn class timber cruiser built by Martham Boats, I have pictures of her full restoration me & my family over the past 2 years. I also have a Hoseasons hire broshure with all the past hire boats & layout plans. If anyone is interested you can contact me by email ( or 01462730529. Griff Jones."

| Norfolk Broads - wooden cruisers from the 1950s page 1 & page 2
and from the 1960s - page 1 & page 2 |

| Blakes Holiday Boating | | More pictures from the 1950s |
| Norfolk Broads cruiser - Shaft of Light | | More about the Morris Marine Register |