80 year old George PArker, of Surlingham, who during his varied career used to load farm produce on to trading wherries on the River Yare back in 1913, takes a look back over the years during a visit to what is locally known as

Picture gallery: Norfolk’s well-loved Wherries through the years

Sunday, January 27, 2013
10.11 AM

Staying with our watery theme begun last week, today’s photo spread of pictures from our archives features our well-loved wherries.

Our first photo, taken in September 1959, is of the famous Albion under sail.

In August 1961 our photographer captured the scene when the Bishop of Norwich, Dr Launcelot Fleming, embarked on the Solace en route to the annual service held at St. Benet’s Abbey on the Broads.

Pleasure wherry Sundog pictured here was for sale at the Wroxham autumn boat sale in October 1966 – but she was withdrawn from sale at £675.

A mystery wherry was captured by our lensman in August 1968 somewhere in Norfolk: can a reader supply details? No mystery about this next photo – the Albion played host to the City of London Master Mariners’ Club in September 1968 when she put out from Horning Vicarage mooring.

Sadly, many old wherries ended their days in Hobrough’s Graveyard on Surlingham Broad. There are reputed to be about 20 which were sunk there shortly after the First World War. George Parker of Surlingham showed our photographer the sorry remains back in 1972.

John Fox of Thorpe was given this model of a wherry by a former wherryman and proudly displays it for our camera in 1974.

Norfolk wherry The Lord Roberts had been recently raised from her muddy grave at Womack Water and was shot on camera being towed to her new temporary home at Wroxham in June 1983.

During our coverage of the wherry race at Horning Ferry we captured this shot of the yacht Olive in 1984.

A spot of renovation is in order for the pleasure wherry Hathor, with Barney Matthews and Peter Bower hard at work in 1987. If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them then you can email rosemary.dixon@archant.co.uk

To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit www.edp24.co.uk/buyaphoto or telephone Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.