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Hi,

I have recently acquired a Jack Powells Norfolk Broads River Cruiser called "Sorrento Star". I am having difficulty in finding information on her and dating the boat.  It has been suggested it could be anywahere between 1932 and 1955.  Please can anyone give me any information at all? A picture of her can be found on Google images.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. We own Missouri Star which is another of the same class of the Jack Powles cruisers. There are others still on the Broads, Dawn Star is still in lovely condition and is moored at Stalham. We do know that your boat was on the Thames a while ago and was used as a live-a-board.
These boats are very difficult to age and there are varying opinions as to when each was built, there are signs that may give a clue as to the age but these can be affected if there has been a name change in the past. There is the added problem that there are no paper records kept by the Broads Authority since the change to computer records.
If we can be of any help PM me and I will get in contact. We have copies of the old Blakes Holiday adverts which I can send you if you wish.

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Hi,

Many thanks for your reply. I do have some copies of the Blakes Catalogue thank you, but wasn't sure if the boat was new when it was listed. The boat is moored at Oxford, still on the Thames. This might be a stupid question, but I also wondered how a Broads Cruiser found its way on the Thames?
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I have just been given  a 1930 copy of Blakes boat hire catalogue, which is wonderful. over 100 pages depicting Sailing craft, and 80 for Motor craft.  Page 205 shows Dawn Star,class, and Arctic Star, as being built 1929 and 1930. I hope the copy will enlarge to read the description.   I would be happy to look up any named boat.  I note that in the sailing section 'America' and 'Pirate' are listed, I believe these are still sailing today.

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Hi good luck with your quest. It's not a stupid question at all . I believe quite a few boats were able to multi task particularly as the holding companies got bigger and bigger and owned yards on both waters. Our own particular boat was Broadland Princess before she became Maid Daniella on the Thames. She then went up to York with another yard before coming back to the broads as a private cruiser.

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Hello Guy.
I have had a look in my brochures such as they are she is not in 1949 but she is in 1952. To me that implies she was built 1950/51.

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Chris,

The America now sailing in the Maetham fleet is a
relatively new replica based on the original 1930s craft,
fraid she is no longer around

Craig

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Pirate is still sailing and is now based on Barton broad
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rather be sailing, long live
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Unfortunately the Dawn Star and Arctic Star built in 1929 & 1930 respectively are not the sisterships of Sorrento Star, they were shorter at only 30ft. The present Dawn Star and Arctic Star are both I believe re-uses of the name built in the 1950s

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So which one is this?


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