The Knowles holiday on the Broads

  • Theme - Leisure
  • Year - 1947
  • Location - Norwich
  • Filmmaker - Dennis Knowles


The Norfolk Broads, once a system of waterways for trading vessels, found a new lease of life in the holiday business. Some wherries, the long shallow draft cargo carrying boats, were converted to carry passengers and the "pleasure wherry" or "wherry yacht" evolved. In 1947 the Knowles family were enjoying their first post-war holiday on board "White Moth", a wherry built in 1915 by renowned boat builder Ernest Collins. For 50 pounds, a sizeable sum in the 40s, the Knowles family had a week's sailing holiday, which included the standard crew of skipper and mate.

As Dennis Knowles' film shows, the weather left much to be desired, but his son Martin, aged 15 at the time, remembers the holiday with pleasure.The Knowles family owned a fruit farm in Essex.
"White Moth" is now part of the fleet of the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust - a charity maintaining a number of wherries on the Broads and available for hire.


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