James Taylor Craftmanship

James Taylor Craftmanship
My Story
1900's to 1940's,
JAMES TAYLER. boatyard was Building Boats (yachts, river cruisers ect) for the gentry, Kings and MPs at Chertsey Surrey.
In 1937 he built, Express Cruisers including the FRAMAR LONDON.
We acquired the boat in May 2012 when we were looking for a boat to go up and down the rivers around Boston, Lincoln, Nottingham and
By chance, while we were moored at the Glory Hole in Lincoln, a passer-by noticed us and asked if we realised that we had a very special and very famous boat?
The local newspapers did a story on the boat for us as did BBC Radio Lincolnshire and with the help of the public we soon put together her history including her life as an RAF 'Flying Boat'.

It's fair to say that the Framer was in a pretty poor state when we purchased her. Being a 40ft wooden teak on oak boat with 2 big engines and streamlined hull, this boat was clearly built for speed.

We now believe she was used by MI5/SOE secret service to transport agents to meetings and submarine rendezvous.

With help we would like to renovate the framer and turn her into a floating museum to commemorate the brave men and women who gave and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Debunking the Debunkers

Monday, 11 February 2013

Our story & our Bonding of this wonderful boat

Hello and welcome to my blog for this wonderful appreciation of this very special boat.
We have been very busy talking to many parties in the hope of securing and preserving this classic boat and bringing her the treatment it deserves.
Photo taken in tilt-shift mode by me

2012 was a challenging year when we charted the boat from Langrick Bridge in Boston uk,
On our route we stopped by the white Horse for a wonderful Roast dinner and then we found a nice quiet place to moor up,
This was to be our 1st wake up to this wonderful world of nature,
We were all calm and really felt like it was the best waking moment of our lives.
After we woken up and were ready, we started making our way to Lincoln, we navigated 2 loch systems before we then reached the famous glory hole.

My mum got off the boat to do a bit of shopping in the town center while me and my Dad journeyed to Burton waters but 1st we had to navigate the bridge with Stokes cafe above us.
It was a very tight squeeze and the arches are crooked so we had to kind a zig zag slightly to avoid any damage.
Any way when we got to Burton waters we visited a chandlers and the 1st this i asked for was "Can i buy a barge pole?"

The guy then said we sell extendable sticks with a hook on end,
Then i said yea thats what i need, And then i say yes i have got a Barge pole, I said its a barge pole to me regardless what you say.
I then saw a digital speed display on the wall and it was around 1200 pounds.
I said I'm ok i don't need to buy that, because i got a App on my Ipad that tells me how many knots i am doing. and it was a free app.

we did buy a few more items of need and then got back to our boat and when we just left burton water we stalled just around the corner and was stuck in a bit of a drift, after some time we go one engine going just enough to get us back to Burton waters, To get 100 quids worth of red diesel in tank.
Then we made our way back to the brayford area.

As we struggled to get through the bridge at the Glory hole earlier,
This time my dad stood at the front of the boat, he stood there proud and ready to tackle anything.
But as he stood there holding the barge pole fully extended like a aboriginal warrior with his spear,
As i was shouting Duck and waving my hands to signal duck! he just waved back and smiled. I had already disabled any forward powered motion, and was just in a steady drift forward and still he smiles and stands there, the spear (bargepole) was higher than the bridge with the message: where are you going
He did duck down try and make out what i was saying! and that was good for him! Because that saved him.
The memory is stained in my mind like a video recording.
I guess its the sort of thing ya see in slapstick films.

Anyway when we did finally moor up in the Glory hole by the shopping centre.
We were not expecting the great response to the public, And it was here where we realised we had not just a boat, But a boat that was extremely Historical and so very unique.
Its Design and look was very special to its self.

There was a woman in her 40s just passing by in the morning and she was just on her way to work, And she recognised the Boat, she says she has not seen it about in years, She said the Framar has been to dunkirk,
Even though we can't prove it right now, she inspired us to research as much as we can. And in doing so we bonded with the boat even more.
We thought we were just getting a boat project, but after knowing what she was about we knew the History should not be forgotten.
She was used by the government at some parts of her life.
And survived the brunt of the WWII.
And been loved by many generations of owners.
When the boat was built by James Taylor It was built as a Gentleman's river cruiser.
So if we think back to them years when Framar Was about on the Thames 1937+, Then what people were ferried down the great river?

This Boat has seen enough of Neglect through time, And a Landlady in Boston By River Withem Lincolnshire, Told us was was silly to have brought the Framar as she has known it to have sunk 3 times in the past.

She didn't half scare us, But when we went back to our boat! moored up at Boston Boat Club,We decided we wont get depressed, we will not let the boat sink! As long as we can keep an eye on here and keep to a routine, we can keep this boat afloat.
Its normal for wooden built boats to take on water,
But Framar would take about 2 months before she sinks if the bilge pump was not activated .
Now we know how much the public love this Boat, I want to get skills so that i can make sure every Journey is a safe and happy Trip.
I hope that with help, This could be a great venture.
As i could Do Inspiration Trips for Artist or Photographers or for writing Inspiration.
In the Process of this Project, I can get myself out of living a disabled life.
It is hoped that i could hopefully bend my knees more to help my degenerating knee joints.

I hope to use the boat to help Inspire the local community, and maybe people will learn new skills, leading to better job Prospects or keeping them motivated.
We really need help to help us totally Restore this Boat.
When Completed, She could be used for all kinds of events, Weddings by the river, or Pirate and mermaid themed Picnic Parties. Ect.
All could create work for new local business.
Also get me into working once again.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel if only i had support from people who want to help, with there skills or pitch in to make a proud group of happy social people,
I will Put a Paypal Button to donate onto this Blog soon, If anybody wants to help i can display all contributors on to this blog, I wont display amount donated, just appreciation and any messages you want to be added to this blog.
Or if you want to come to a support event at the Seathorn pub in Winthope then keep an eye on this blog for Event dates.
Every person who helps us, will never be forgotten.
When project is complete, A party as got to be a Must.
All helpers will be Fully Credited to go down in the Framar History.

And this became the building blocks and learning curve that has

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