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A history of Broads cruisers

A history of Broads hire cruisers

This charming and illuminating history of the Broads cruiser by hire company family member Vaughan Ashby is packed with anecdotes and memories of a time when ‘Blakes was very much a “league of gentlemen”, who all wished to help each other’. (Even as a kid I remember being struck by the way the Broadland yards seemed to cooperate… )

Ashby’s story about the combination of a petrol engine and gas fridge with a pilot light that hire operators tried for a while is particularly scary. ‘Most hire boats still had petrol engines. So if you had a petrol leak, the vapour went down into the bilge and rose up over the galley floor, until it reached the pilot light low down at the back of the fridge. Boom!’

Do check out the rest of the wonderful Broadland Memories website while you’re there…

Broadland Panorama, 1960

Read all about it and a lot of other videos including Broadland Adventure at the excellent Broadland Memories weblog.  

Of Broadland Panorama, the author says: ‘It’s an absolute joy to watch… The film starts with the family’s arrival at the boatyard in Oulton Broad in a brand new Vauxhall PA Velox. Their boat for the week was what would have been the flagship of Hoseasons fleet, the 38ft, 8 berth Mayqueen(renamed Caribbean for this film), which cost between £33/10 and £66 to hire in 1960.’

Navigators & General Three Rivers Race, 2015

Navigators & General Three Rivers Race 2015 from Skyhover Aerial Video Norfolk on Vimeo.

My thanks to Paul Mullings for this one!