Certificate no 2934
Status Registered
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Details

Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Cruise
Location Bray
Vessel type Broom Commander
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Broom & Sons, C J, Brundall
Built in 1955
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Length: Overall
38.50 feet (11.73 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.50 feet (3.20 m)
Depth
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross
10.00

History

Significance

WHITE HERON was originally built by Martin Broom for his wife’s parents in 1955. She remained in the ownership of the Broom family until 2011. She appears in a book detailing the history of Broom boats published in 2011 – “Broom Boats a History of Quality and Innovation”.

WHITE HERON was originally built by Martin Broom for his wife’s parents in 1955. She remained in the ownership of the Broom family until 2011. The boat was maintained by Brooms for over 50 years and following completion of works below the waterline in 2012 is generally in good condition and is largely in original condition in terms of layout, fixtures and fittings.

Broom & Sons, the original builders, undertook extensive re-planking works at their Brundall Yard during 2012. Upon completion, WHITE HERON was moved by road from her home on the Norfolk Broads to Abingdon Marina on the River Thames. She then moved to her current mooring at Bray Marina in 2014. 

The hull is Iroko hardwood on oak frames. The superstructure is Mahogany. Classic Restoration Services at Winsor are currently undertaking the complete re-varnishing of all bright work and the replacement of coach roof coverings. 

WHITE HERON appears in a book detailing the history of Broom boats published in 2011 – “Broom Boats a History of Quality and Innovation”.

Key dates

  • 1955

    Commissioned for build by Martin Broom for his wife's parents 

  • 1955

    Built by C.J. Broom & Son at Brundall, Norfolk

  • 2011

    Featured in book Broom Boats: A History of Quality and Innovation

  • 2011

    Sold out of ownership of Broom family

  • 2012

    Extensive re-planking undertaken by Brooms at Brundall Yard

  • 2014

    Moved to current mooring at Bray Marina 

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