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Unloading at Baltic Wharf on the river Wensum about 1980.

BLAKENEY CREEK in the 1950s

The Thames barge  MARTIN LUTHER in her final resting place  a mud berth at BLACKSHORE on the river Blyth at Southwold, circa 1959.

The river Waveney on the Norfolk border in 1958.

THE STEAMER YARMOUTH on the River Deben in the early 1970s. Before then she had spent her working life on the Broads. She was scrapped after a time as a float café in London docks.

 

Cromer craboats, 1970.

Cromer crab boats, 1970.

This is a model of an early lifeboat. The beach yawl BITTERN was used for rescues and salvage work off Southwold in the nineteenth century.

REEDHAM FERRY ON THE RIVER YARE

REEDHAM FERRY ON THE RIVER YARE

HMS Campbell

HMS Campbell. This destroyer was being fitted out as  WW1 ended. Mothballed in the interwar years, she was based at Harwich during WW2; she was scrapped in 1946.

Me and my father on the Resolute in Norwich

Me and my father on the S. S. Resolute in Norwich. The funds never materialised for the planned restoration, but the vessel was not broken up. She was towed towards London but got no further than Pin Mill, where she remains in a very dilapidated state as a houseboat. But for how longer till rust gets its way?

Loading scrap metal at Wensum Wharf Norwich, c 1978

The Cantwm loading scrap metal at Wensum Wharf Norwich, c 1978. All such shipping has now vanished from the Wensum.

The steam tug Cypress tied up beside a lighter on Baltic Wharf; cica 1964.

The steam tug Cypress tied up beside a lighter on Baltic Wharf; circa 1964. Coal and wood were still delivered to Norwich by dumb barge. All the barges were also named after trees.

SEA GULL II outside the Hotel Norwich

SEA GULL II outside the Hotel Norwich. This half-sized Thames Barge spent her working life delivering explosives to a munitions factory. She is now undergoing long-term restoration.

A Dutch coaster in the Short-Sea Port of Kings Lynn, Alexandra Dock on the Great Ouse.

Dutch coaster Breezand in the Short-Sea Port of Kings Lynn’s  Alexandra Dock, on the Great Ouse. Some ships still use the dock, but they are increasingly getting too large to enter it.

Trawler leaving Great Yarmouth Harbour behind the paddle tug United Service

Trawler leaving Great Yarmouth Harbour behind the paddle tug United Service. (Painting by J. C. W. Mason from a photograph).

Blakeney harbour

Boats in Blakeney harbour, pictured in about 1970; all the boats are made of wood. (A far cry from today, when they will all be plastic.)

Thomas Lound was the skipper of the Yarmouth smack Cambria in the 1870s.

My step great-grandfather, Thomas Lound, was the skipper of the Yarmouth smack Cambria in the 1870s. (This vessel is not to be confused with the Thames Barge of the same name.) His vessel, similar to one in the picture, sailed to Iceland and the Baltic under his command.

The tug Gensteam on the Yare

The tug Gensteam on the Yare.

The arrival of the London paddle steamer at Yarmouth

The arrival of the London paddle steamer at Yarmouth before WW1.

 

Sarnia

Mail Boat Sarnia; the currency shows the date of the stamp is after 1971.

M.V. Marco Polo in Norwegian Fjord, 2011.

M.V. Marco Polo on a cruise in the Norwegian Fjords, 2011.

SONORITY aground at Whitlingham, 16 March 1970. The police launch is alongside.

SONORITY aground at Whitlingham, 16 March 1970. The police launch is alongside.

A Dutch coaster on the way up to Norwich on the Yare

Dutch coaster TUGRO on the way up to Norwich on the river Yare.

 A yacht passing a dredger, on the river Yare c1970

A yacht passing a dredger, on the river Yare in 1970

CAMBRIA off King Street

Thames Barge CAMBRIA, King Street, Norwich, in 1971, shortly after she retired from commercial service under her skipper Bob Roberts. 

THE QUEEN OF THE BROADS on the River Yare at Yarmouth

THE QUEEN OF THE BROADS on the river Yare at Yarmouth.

Canoe RED SQUIRREL on the WENSUM

My sister Tiggie and canoe RED SQUIRREL on the WENSUM, upstream of the New Mills.

Band of the 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regt on HMS NORFOLK, 1930.,

HMS NORFOLK and the Band of the 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, 1930, five years before ‘Royal’ was added to the Regiment’s title.

 

The eastern boom tower at Norwich

Coaster JAN KLUVER brings a cargo of wood to Norwich. She is about to pass under Carrow Bridge.

Aldeburgh lifeboat, 1958.

JOSEPH MASON

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