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Dec-07-2005 @ 11:37 PM                           Permalink
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Here's one for you, Tom...July 2005, Marina Keys, Gt Yarmouth.

Very sad sight...



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This one at Toad Hall is a well known wreck. A friend of mine remembers hiring this boat years ago.

Harry May has got a few "project boats" moored up at Maycraft as well.

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Harry MAy had a fairly reasonable old river cruiser a few years back, for which he was asking reasonable money... it would have been a heck of a project though! I think 'project' sums up most of his frontage!!

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where's the Corsair Mat?  And a few others there too by the look of it?

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The story with the wherries being sunk is quite a sad one Julia.

As many of the wherryman signed up or were called up in war time the boats were deliberatley sunk - this is actually a good way of preserving them. The belief at the time was that they would be refloated and recovered when the war was over.

The sad part is that many of the whererymen didn't return of course, and those who did found there was no longer a commercial market for their vessels and so they were left where they were.

It is a considerable point of debate as to whether there are any sunken hulls which would still be in any kind of shape to recover today. The general concensus seems to be no, though it is not impossible that one or two lurk around waiting.

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Morning Danny, looks like Martham Development, A242 next door is Corsaire 3 so looks like there are two side by side (Thinks to self making one out of two might be a better bet than building a plywood boat)

'There's ice in the dinghy! Don't worry there's gin in the cabin'  Bill...

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Hi Bill,

I thought it looked like Martham, but wasn't sure. I also think you've sussed me out!!  They don't look too bad - but it's only a photo!  A river cruiser would be a joy... if I could do it at reasonable cost... I have a nice (free) mooring available at Potter H. if necessary, with a friend who is in Norfolk more frequently than me. So, maybe in the new year....

Danny

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Many of the old wherries on the Yare were actually sunk on a high tide to help reenforce the banks in the days when coasters were using the river and the wash from their large props would erode soft banks.  As Maude demonstrated attempted restorations almost involve building a new boat so is hardly a practical proposition.  As far as I know only the Lord Roberts has been monitored in recent times. If completely covered in mud so Oxygen cannot get to the wood timber rot will be inhibited however Gribble worm and the like will take their toll after 60 years.

Just a personal view but I would much prefer to see the 8 remaining ones being properly maintained rather than larger numbers gradually all declining.  

'There's ice in the dinghy! Don't worry there's gin in the cabin'  Bill...

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Didn't Royalls find one when they were working on their site a couple of years back?

BOF - Clive

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Thanks for all the great pics you lot, keep em coming!!

Which boat is that at Marina Keys??

And

Which boat is the one at Toad Hall??

Thanks, Tom

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Hi Danny
sorry for delay, running new system software at work,
so will mainly be posting during evening from now on.
The corsair was one of four taken about ten years ago
at Martham, even then the barrels they were resting on
were starting to go through the planking!! If you are
serious about a restoration, what about a 30 foot
Speedwell. There is one at South River Marine crying
out for restoration. Needs a lot of work but she would
be a real beauty. Will pm you later with details of
the Mirador.
Cheers
Mat

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