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  1. No offence and well Royalty no less and not forgetting Bob! but Ceuta has got my eye, what a beauty nearly as nice as Rupert.
  2. Now that really has got my interest. What a lovely boat I'll get in touch so we can keep track of her so thanks for that one.
  3. Well I never. So it is me and commuters or even computers. Yes a pitch pine painted hull, that was the normal Brooke way which made sense I suppose, only use mahogany if it's going to be seen. She looks like she will be a lovely boat when finished but 'm not allowed any more! Thanks again. Steve
  4. Brooke boat for sale on Facebook ? Well I can't find it but maybe that's just me and commuters!
  5. That's great info. Will try and track him down!
  6. Hi Jenny, Yes that looks like a 20 foot launch from 20s-30s Brooke made several of these. They were power by the famous Brooke Empire 10D 4 cylinder with reverse gear. Brooke made thousands of these engines and they were sold as a kit to fit in other makers boats as well as their own. The 16 foot which Rupert is is actually a scaled down version of tis boat in your lovely picture. Another one for the album then. Thanks very much.
  7. Another name that came up was Wellby and Wheeler Co. Ltd This name was stamped on a plate attached to the tapet cover on the Brooke 5hp Dominion engine that was fitted in Rupert when we bought her. We traced back to a previous owner who purchased Rupert in a sale at Bedford. We think what had happened was that a well know boat seller from Peterborough named Mr Jackson had purchased her together with several unknown other boats from Wroxham and taken them back home to Peterborough to sell them off. We know Rupert was owned by a Mr Littleboy of Wroxham who bought her from Broads Tours. We think it might have been his personal "Toy"? If anyone knows of any of them please let us know?
  8. Can't wait to see what you manage to unearth.
  9. No probably not. Mine reputedly hired out boats on Oulton Broad but not sure when or whereabouts. Maybe someone will know?
  10. Thanks for the memories as they say! Really glad that you approve of Rupert. Let me know if you think of anything else? Incidentally does the name Alf Morris mean anything to you?
  11. Well, Thank you kind Sir "She's a little beauty" That's no way to talk about your wife Come to Barton Broad in September and she'll be afloat!
  12. That's a lovely picture of our boat!!!
  13. Hi Bubble Nice boat. Always fancied a nice Broads cruiser but as yet haven't convinced the other skipper! As I thought there's a wealth of info out there folks so keep it coaming (whoops boating slip, Oh no there's another one)
  14. Hi All, Will post full details as soon as the details have finalised. Glad to hear there's some interest. Pics from a previous doo
  15. Hi Taleteller, I don't suppose you know any of the names at all? The ones that they could be are Babs, Query 11, or possibly Mimosa?
  16. Well thanks all for all the replies and interest. To answer the question about hire boats on Oulton Broad I think this was where one of the first 16 foot launches ended up. There were 13 16 footers which were scalled down versions of the 20 foot. Originally they had 10hp Brooke Empire engines and reportedly could reach 18 knots. Unfortunately there are only three of these left that we know of but they should all be at Barton in September! Will you be bringing your 18 footer Clive?
  17. Hi all, 1st timer here who just want's to say hi and to tell you all that I'm mad about wooden boats, particularly Brooke boats! On that note there is a meeting/Rally planed for late September on Barton Broad. Anyone interested please get in touch. Look forward to postings.
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