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, 30 September 2013

Framar in Lincoln

The boat has had a bit of a make over for my 40th Birthday on Saturday as we are moored outside the Green Dragon pub.

All flagged up with a RAF symbol and British flag.

Also had reporter and photographer take interest in the colourful history of this great boat.

We are interested in making it nice inside the boat also, for example the style of fabric on these boxes I saw in a shop would be great for the boats seating, we need help with sowing and having so local talents help bring the boat to life.

Here I have a buffet at the Laughing Buddha in Lincoln on Sunday,
Also I can now declare that I have never been stung by a wasp or bee and made it to 40 years of age on Saturday the 28th
Now that's something to be proud of,
Also today on Monday 30th I drove our boat through the glory hole to brayford and made it through the crocked bridge under stokes cafe, it's only possible to get through if I slightly zig zag as I flow through, but now I am used to it even though my roof has a close shave every time I go through.
Now we want to get the boat sorted out for winter, normally the boat is moored in Boston, but after the battle with the waters last winter I would like the boat to be accessible anytime so I can keep the boat floating strong.
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