Norfolk Pleasure Wherry built 1903 by Hall, D S, Reedham
National Historic Fleet
Norfolk Pleasure Wherry
To be confirmed
16.00 feet (4.88 metres)
67.97 feet (20.73 metres)
4.26 feet (1.30 metres)
The hull of SOLACE was built on speculation by the renowned wherry builders Halls of Reedham and she was completed as a pleasure wherry for Cdr Rogers of Ingham Hall. She had a successful early racing career in this ownership and remains today the only wherry in private ownership which has remained in full sailing order throughout its life. She is currently based at Wroxham Broad. In the Autumn and Winter of 1999, SOLACE was hauled out at Prior's slip for repairs. Her bow and stern underwent major replanking, with a number of new part-timbers near the bow. A small Fisher-Panda diesel generator (for safety reasons) was installed to replace the Stuart-Turner petrol generator which had been in the craft since 1946. A new gas cooker was fitted to replace the 'New World' which had also been there since 1946. All the original cabin basins and WC remain, but the craft does now have a shower, hot and cold water and a small fridge in the galley. She has never had an engine installed and has been owned by one family since the middle of World War II.
Built on speculation by Halls of Reedham Cdr Rogers of Ingham Hall
Hauled out at Prior's slip for repairs.
- 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J
- 1998 Classic Boat From Norwich to the North Sea
- 2000 The Wherry Around the Wherry Sheds
- 2000 The Wherry The Pleasure Wherry SOLACE: Millenium Winter Maintenance
a vessel whose plank fastenings are of copper rather than iron