Maud’s Story – the Life of a Norfolk Trading Wherry

The trustees of Wherry Maud Trust are keen to speak to interested groups in order to:

  • increase public awareness of the part Norfolk wherries played in the transport history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
  • show how people can get involved in preserving and sailing these boats today

The talk uses up to 50 good quality slides (mostly colour) and lasts approx. 1 hour + time for questions. We will always endeavour to tailor the talk to the interests of our audience on the day.

We can bring a set of information boards with photos illustrating the life of the boat. Those interested can look at the photos at their leisure during the interval or after the talk.

Themes covered by the talk are:

  • Introduction – a brief history of the Norfolk Wherry
  • Maud’s working life and her owners and skippers
  • The rescue of Maud from her watery grave in Ranworth Broad
  • Restoration of the boat – it took 18 years to get her sailing again – materials and methods
  • Use of the boat post restoration and before the Trust was formed
  • Wherry Maud Trust formed in 2015. How it operates + current and future events

Further information can be found on the National Historic Ships website and on Facebook.

Upcoming talks

Date Time Group Name Venue Address (in Norfolk/Suffolk unless otherwise stated) Speaker
14 Feb 20237:15pmVintage Motorcycle ClubBracon Ash, NorfolkLinda Pargeter
15 Feb 20237:30pmBungay Car ClubThe Buck Inn, Flixton, SuffolkLinda Pargeter
19 April 202311amEast of England Asbestos Patient Support GroupThe Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, Norwich NR8 5AHLinda Pargeter
13 June 20237pmLudham Archive GroupLudham, NorfolkLinda Pargeter
20 Nov 202311amNARPO retired policeFrating, EssexLinda Pargeter

Details correct as at 1st Dec 2022

Non members of the groups listed may be able to attend for a small fee. We suggest contacting the group if you  or your friends wish to come along.