Getting up close and personal with a 90-year-old wherry, the Ardea of the Norfolk Broads

Chairman, Andrew Scull, on the pleasure wherry Ardea, which will be 90-years-old this year, moored a

Chairman, Andrew Scull, on the pleasure wherry Ardea, which will be 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham, to be prepared for charter work in the future. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

She's 90 years' old, but she's every bit as beautiful today as she ever was.

Instructions in french on how the toilet works on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherr

Instructions in french on how the toilet works on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The pleasure wherry Ardea was built in 1927 at Leo Robinson's yard in Lowestoft, having been commissioned by local benefactor Howard Hollingsworth, millionaire co-founder of the department store Bourne and Hollingsworth in Oxford Street, London.

Launched in the presence of King George V, she remained on the Broads for 30 years before being used as a houseboat in Paris.

Ardea was abandoned for a while, then used as a charter vessel around the canals of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, until she returned to the Broads by lorry in 2005.

She was given an extensive restoration and is now owned by Andrew Scull, one of the trustees of Wherry Yacht Charter, and will be hired out to generate funds for the charity.

A clock with its key on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wr

A clock with its key on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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The stern and mast on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wrox

The stern and mast on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The plaque commemorating the export of teak used in the restoration, on the 90-year-old pleasure whe

The plaque commemorating the export of teak used in the restoration, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The galley on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Pic

The galley on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A shower and sink on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxh

A shower and sink on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The dining table laid for dinner in the saloon, with the named directors chairs, on the 90-year-old

The dining table laid for dinner in the saloon, with the named directors chairs, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The protected rail of a radiator on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charte

The protected rail of a radiator on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The master cabin on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxha

The master cabin on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The plaque of where and when Ardea was built, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry at the Wherry Yacht

The plaque of where and when Ardea was built, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Original light switches on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at

Original light switches on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The original bell on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxh

The original bell on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The back of one of the named directors chairs in the saloon on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea

The back of one of the named directors chairs in the saloon on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Dinner places laid in the saloon, with the named directors chairs, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherr

Dinner places laid in the saloon, with the named directors chairs, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Dinner places laid in the saloon on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charte

Dinner places laid in the saloon on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The mast pulley block on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at W

The mast pulley block on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A winch on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Pictur

A winch on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Chairman Andrew Scull, by the newly varnished mast on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the W

Chairman Andrew Scull, by the newly varnished mast on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

One of the pulley blocks on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site a

One of the pulley blocks on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The stern of the pleasure wherry, Ardea, 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter

The stern of the pleasure wherry, Ardea, 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham, to be prepared for charter work in the future. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The stern of the pleasure wherry, Ardea, 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter

The stern of the pleasure wherry, Ardea, 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham, to be prepared for charter work in the future. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The white painted bow and the chrome mud weights, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wh

The white painted bow and the chrome mud weights, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The huge rudder on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham

The huge rudder on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The gaff jaws (leather covered Y shape) on the gaff (the long spar supporting the sail) resting on t

The gaff jaws (leather covered Y shape) on the gaff (the long spar supporting the sail) resting on the roof of the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The pleasure wherry, Ardea, which will be 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter

The pleasure wherry, Ardea, which will be 90-years-old this year, moored at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham, to be prepared for charter work in the future. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The mast lead counterweight and its space underneath to aid raising and lowering the mast, on the 90

The mast lead counterweight and its space underneath to aid raising and lowering the mast, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Chairman Andrew Scull, in the saloon withe the dressed dining table, on the 90-year-old pleasure whe

Chairman Andrew Scull, in the saloon withe the dressed dining table, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The mast pulley block, and the metal mast hoops for holding the sail, on the 90-year-old pleasure wh

The mast pulley block, and the metal mast hoops for holding the sail, on the 90-year-old pleasure wherry Ardea at the Wherry Yacht Charter site at Wroxham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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