jillR Posted May 19, 2010 Share Posted May 19, 2010 Gary Boughton-Smith is looking for "Shimmering Water" and thinks she may be on The Broads. Here is his story... In 1970, as a young lad, I was lucky enough to spend a week aboard a Thames hire cruiser called Shimmering Water. At 46ft long, she was the largest boat for hire on the Thames and was beautifully appointed. Consequently, Shimmering Water left a huge impression on me and I have for the past seven years been trying to locate her. I have found out that she was sold into private hands in about 1983, possibly to the person overseeing the improvements at Pyrford Marina on the River Wey. He apparently lived some distance away and used her as accommodation near his work. However I have not been able to find his name and the Environment Agency has no such vessel registered with them. She could have gone back to the Broads where she was built by Porter & Haylett, but they have registration numbers rather than names and she could of course have had a name change. Does anyone have any information as to her whereabouts. The photo is taken from the 1970 J. Timms & Sons Ltd brochure of Thames Hire Cruisers. It was this company that owned her from 1968 to 1983 and renamed her Shimmering Water as all their boats were named something 'Water'. When originally built on the Broads she was named Hibernian. If anyone knows of her whereabouts or fate I would like to hear from them. My email address is email@example.com GARY BOUGHTON-SMITH. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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