Norfolk Wherry Trust
Albion was built in 1898 - unusually - as a carvel wherry in oak on oak frames, by William Brighton, Lake Lothing, Suffolk (between Oulton Broad and Lowestoft) for Bungay maltsters W. D. and A. E. Walker. All other trading wherries in East Anglia were clinker built. Albion's first load was coal from Lowestoft to Bungay.
In February 1949, a letter in the Eastern Daily Press suggested the formation of a trust to preserve a wherry. The fifty-year-old wherry Albion was then owned by Colman's Mustard factory and was moored at the company's works at Carrow Bridge in Norwich. In October 1949, after restoration work, Albion sailed regularly from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, carrying timber or grain, and sugar beet from Surlingham to Cantley.
However, freight alone could not sustain Albion, and from 1961 she carried passengers. In 1981 the Trust acquired a base at Womack Water near Ludham. During 1997, the black-sailed ex-trader Albion carried a total of 648 persons; at any one time she can carry up to 12 people, plus skipper and mate.
- List of waterway societies in the United Kingdom
- Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association
- Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust
- Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust
- North Walsham & Dilham Canal
- North Walsham and Dilham Canal Society
- National Archives holdings about Norfolk Wherry Trust 1961-1974
- National Historic Ships Register: ALBION, Certificate number 99
- Broads Authority, details of Norfolk Wherry Open Day 2008
- Eastern Daily Press, 28 June 2008: Obituary Roy Clarke, Wherry campaigner, broadcaster, film producer, author
- Wherry Albion's website
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