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hi everyone, just been chatting to my dad whos in his 80's, and hes asking if anyone knows anything about the big old seagoing boat that was moored on the breydon side of st olaves bridge.
anyone know the history of it? looks like someone may live aboard it, seen washing hanging out once last year lol!
it just seems its not native to the broads, but dad wonders if its the same boat that once was in the yacht basin owned by the robinson family about '69
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also anyone know anything about the steel hulled boats that i think castle craft hired out in the mid 60's?

dad says he was told they were ex naval hulls by someone at johnsons at the time,and had been sold off cheap after the last war. I can remember they all were painted navy, and could do quite a bit of damage if they had the slightest bump with the wooden hulled cruisers of the day. i can remember an argument at the bell inn moorings because one wanted to double moor with a beever fleet boat.
see even my old dad is getting very exited about this site now bless him! .. pity his typing skills are no good or we would have another new member!     Smile

also does anyone know what happened to the robinson family? they were well known, and were responsible for digging out the st olaves yacht basin, but it financially crippled them and they had to give up the chalet business and shop they ran so well. i have some pics of their son as a tiny baby if anyone has any info.     Smile

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Dec-02-2005 @ 3:49 PM                           Permalink
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Given the average typing and spellin skills on the forum I would have thought he would be quite at home Welcome to you Sir lurkin in the background

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

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thanks bill, its arthritis in his hands that give him the probs when typing, he gets fustrated because he often hits more than one key at a time, and his eyes arnt very good, needs cataracts done.
hes got some brilliant broads pics though, mainly on slide, trying to pursauade him to hand them over for a few days, but hes very protective of them because they feature my late mum in her younger days.

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Richard would know better but there used to be a US company which made oversized keyboards for that very reason. I dont know if they are still available might be a nice xmas present and help with word processing as well. I know my father resented it very much when he found it difficult to write even card and thank you letters for himself.


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I remember those, haven't seen them in awhile.

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Hi
http://www.bigkeys.co.uk/ is a company that does keyboards with larger coloured buttons which may help.

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Getting back to the original thread Playful Wink

Don't know about the boat as St.Olaves, but I think the stell hulled boats you're meaning are the old Lady Carron (sliding canopy) & Monarch (fixed canopy) classes - from Breydon Marine - one of them (used to be called Triffic) was for sale on the Thames recently - there is a thread about it somewhere and the ex-owner of Triffic is on this forum

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thanks for that craig, they are one of my earliest memories of the broads, about 1962/64, along with the beaver fleet and johnsons yacht station who my parents hired our first day boat from, before progressing on to larger craft.
i have hunted the threads, and found something written by bill maxted, although maybe a bit tongue in cheek in the kids forum about the old boat being an old spy ship,
its always intrested me because it looks just too large for the waveney!..and has a bit of a trawler look about it, and seems to be someones home. we have only seen it underway once, a few years ago, and it was at brundall near the shop. Smile

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ML162's undercover role is in fact well documented

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thanks for that bill, it brings back a few memories, cheers Cheers
did she once spend some time being used as a hired out houseboat in the early 60,s do you know?
dad says there was a boat with a military history moored in a dyke near the bell inn, and hoseasons were the agents for its hire. ex motor torpedo boat he thinks, retired from service due to a 'dikky hull'(think he means patched up!)
just love this great site, im getting more into broads history every day, ive got three enthusiasts here but only me that can type! Smile
                       julia

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