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Norfolk Wherry Albion
Norfolk Wherry Trust

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This page shows the preserved Norfolk Wherry Albion, run by the Norfolk Wherry Trust.

Albion was built for the firm of Bungay Maltsters, W.D. and A.E. Walker. It was planned that she should operate mainly on the river Waveney and the Bungay navigation. The original specification was for a steel vessel to reduce maintenance and keep costs under control. This was changed due to the poor reputation of these hulls for sweating. Instead she was built as a carvel (flush planked) wherry in oak on oak frames. She was unique in being of carvel construction whereas all other trading wherries were of the traditional clinker construction.

Her builder was William Brighton and she was built at his yard on the north bank of Lake Lothing, between Oulton Broad and Lowestoft. Her shed was an old ice house which was demolished after she was launched in October 1898. She cost £455 to build and, when launched, she had a green bottom and a brown oxide top - a far cry from the typical tar coating of other wherries.

The general appearance followed that of the typical trading wherry. An Oregon pine, counterbalanced mast, set well forward and supported by a single stay from the stem, to promote a large space for the cargo hold in the centre of the hull and crew quarters at the stern. Steering was by rudder and tiller operated from a small, deep well, from which the single (main) sheet was also handled. The only major difference between Albion and other wherries, was the fact that her hull was of smooth carvel construction, whereas all other wherries were clinker built.

By the 1940s the wherries, once a common site on the waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk, were in decline. Pressure from road and rail transport had starved them of their cargo, and many were being sunk to shore up banks or used as barges or dredgers. A letter in the Eastern Daily Press in February 1949 proposed the forming of a trust to preserve at least one wherry. Such was the reaction, an open meeting was called a few days later on Wednesday 23 February 1949 in the Stuart Hall, Norwich. A motion to form the Norfolk Wherry Trust was unanimously agreed. The fifty-year-old wherry, Plane, formerly Albion was made available and restored to working order. The aim of the Trust was to have a permanent crew and operate the vessel commercially. This proved to be uneconomic and increasingly Albion was cleaned for use by passengers, with hammocks set up in the hold. in 1961 it was decided that Albion would never carry 'dirty' cargo again, with people as her cargo from then on.  (ref: www.wherryalbion.com/history)

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Albion Cruise
(Oulton Broad-Geldeston: 29th July 2012)

On Saturday 29th July 2012, the Albion sailed from Oulton Broad to Geldeston Lock along the River Waveney prior to an open day there on the following day.


Albion leaving Oulton Broad Yacht Station (10:00hrs)
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Junction from Oulton Dyke to Beccles and Geldeston (11:10hrs)
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On board Albion on River Waveney (11:00hrs)
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River Waveney scenery is not not always exciting (11:20hrs)
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Albion on the River Waveney, seen from her support boat (12:00-12:15hrs)
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Monochrome images of Albion on the River Waveney, seen from her support boat (12:00-12:15hrs)
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On board Albion on the River Waveney (12:30-13:15hrs)
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Beccles seen from Albion (15:30hrs)
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Albion approaching Geldeston (16:15hrs)
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Albion at Geldeston Lock (16:30hrs)
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Albion Publicity
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Norfolk Wherry Trust brochure
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Albion Postcards

Postcards of Albion
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Other Norfolk Wherry Postcards

Postcard of a Norfolk wherry, Horning Broad
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Postcard of a Norfolk wherry, Postwick Reach, near Norwich
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Postcard of a Norfolk wherry, Whittingham Reach
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