Unfortunately Vaughan back in 1963 I missed the golden opportunity of a photo.
Five 17 and 18 year old lads on their first holiday away from their parents. We had hired Crusader 1 from Richardson's and after overnighting at Yarmouth YS we headed for Norwich.
I had my precious (and expensive for a second year apprentice on 30% of a journeyman's wage) Hamilton's, from which I had read to my friends the bit about making sure rope's didn't dangle in the water behind the boat.
We left GY and were running against a slight flow across Breydon. About halfway across the engine note changed and we found one of the stern ropes was round the prop. One of the lads spotted a buoy (in place of a missing channel post?) and as we drifted past he managed to loop a rope round it.
A passing boat took a message to the YS and a boat came out and towed us back. We had no idea who the boat belonged to and the helmsman's parting words were just for us to phone our boatyard.
Next morning a couple of Richardson's engineers came, had a look down the weed hatch and decided it was a lifting out job. Shortly another launch (can't remember if it was the same one) towed us under Haven Bridge to the quay on the left where a crane lifted our boat high enough for them to cut the rope off the prop.
It wasn't until they were lifting the boat that I realised I had left my camera on board.
When one of the Richardson's guys asked how the rope came to be round the prop, with true comradeship we all pointed at the lad responsible.
At least I can say that I'm in a probably rare group of people who have been through Haven Bridge on a hire craft.