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, 5 August 2013

Framar is currently in Lincoln

Welcome to my blog if you have been led here by information that you saw from the boat or a QR code.
Here are some of the answers you would have liked to have asked:
How old is the Boat?
Answer: it was built in 1937 by James Taylor as a river cruiser and when we were at war she was used by the Raf as a tender for the Sunderland flying boats.
What engines does the boat have?
Answer: 2 ford barracuda six cylinder Diesel engines.

We been busy on the boat in the past few weeks.
But now the weather is perfect we have got stuck in on reviving the boats wOod works with a gOod sanding down before we give her a goOd dose of Danish oil treatment.

But two nights ago when I left the boat near the Siemens car park there was an attempted break in as there are sharp knife marks around the door, but lucky for us they failed to get in.

Now I moved the framar up to the glory hole outside the witch and the wardrobe pub where their is more eyes on it that can help her be protected from trouble makers.
And a few fellow security mates can assist on their observations

Now I would like to form a club so the future of the boat can be maintained with help from all walks of life and in return for your help i can offer you inspiration trips and kayak fun for up-to four people. Or day outs to Tattershall or Bardney with a picnic. From Lincoln or Boston.
A donation towards boats fuel and upkeep would be great fully accepted. But not always required for little rides.
I can make hot drinks using filtered water, tea. Or coffee ect..
If my trips can inspire artists and writers then this would be amazing local talented people.
So what are you waiting for add your email address to be added to mailing list or subscribe to this blog. In September 28th I will be 40 years old, so I plan to have a great party and maybe a club embers gathering could be set for this date.
But before that date club meetings could be held in middle of Lincolnshire town on the boat.
Feel free to bring cakes or biscuits for sharing and I will keep the water hot for drinks and together we can work out ways to help fund boats future and secure it so average working on non working folk can experience the river ways of life.
Send an Emai directly to : fantasycider@me.com
Confirming your interest in becoming a dedicated team and supporter of the Framar London.
It's not all about money that boat needs. Its hands on deck that could be contributed too like sanding and painting ect and maybe a bit of wood work
Or maybe you could offer me some engines support.
And together we can make new History to add to the already amazing stories of times past.
We could do fun fund raising events or create annual club support packs that could also help the boat. So please get in touch and get added to the list so you can be the first enrolments of this great club.
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Location:Lincoln glory hole