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Built by David Hillyard in 1947

Norva awaiting restoration, June 2013 


Norvad : Awaiting Restoration 
I came across Norvad in an out-of-the-way corner of Ipswich Haven Marina when I berthed Tramontana there between December 2012 and July 2014. During that time Norvad simply sat there although she was under cover and so protected from the worst of the weather. She's the boat that, in 1951, inspired Arthur Ransome, of Swallows and Amazons fame, to buy the Hillyard Lottie Blossom.

Norvad Statistics
Built : 1947 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 27' 6"
LWL : 25' 6"
Beam : 7' 9"
Draught : 4' 1"
Displacement : 5 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : 183483

Norvad Custodians & Home Ports 
Clive & Pat Brown (?-2010-2016...) Ipswich, England
R Kelly (1969-1973-?) Heybridge Basin, England
H Worthington (1967-1968) Bursledon, England
BJ Okey (1965-1966) Bursledon, England
John L Pullar (1964) Bursledon, England
Col Sir Thomas F Meyrick Bt TD DL (1963) Milford Haven, Wales
DE Cope (1960-1962) Poole, England
Mrs Kathleen Cox (1959) Chichester, England
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Rose RAF ret (1956-1958) Shoreham, England
JP Keith (1955) Shoreham, England
WA Mitchell (?-1954) Shoreham, England
Dr Kenneth Watson (1951-1952-?) Shoreham, England
Norman Grieve (?-1950) Shoreham, England

Norvad Links
Obituary for Professor Geoffrey Rose, owner 1956-1958

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