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Hathor (wherry)

Hathor at South Walsham Staithe
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Hathor
Owner: Coleman Family (1905 - 1954)
Claud Hamilton (1954 - c1964)
Martham Boat Building Company (c1964 - 1985)
Wherry Yacht Charter (1985 - present)
Builder: D S Hall
Launched: 1905
Status: Active as of 2010
Notes: One of only six surviving pleasure wherries
General characteristics
Class & type: Wherry
Tons burthen: 23.01 GT
Length: 56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
Beam: 14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)
Depth: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m)
Sail plan: Gaff-rigged

Hathor (1905) is one of only six surviving Norfolk pleasure wherries to be found on the Norfolk Broads. Like two of the other surviving wherries, Maud and Solace, she was built by D.S. Halls of Reedham. Hathor has been listed on the register of National Historic Ships in the United Kingdom since 1996.[1]


Hathor was built in 1905 for Ethel and Helen Colman, daughters of Jeremiah Colman, of the Norwich Colman's Mustard dynasty.[1] She was named Hathor in memory of Ethel and Helen's brother Alan Colman who had died in Luxor in 1897 whilst on a convalescent trip with the family; they had travelled the Nile on a boat called Hathor.[2]

Hathor remained in the Colman/Boardman family until 1954 when she was sold to Claud Hamilton who owned her for almost 10 years. She was then sold on and used as a houseboat until 1985 when the Wherry Yacht Charter Trust purchased her in a dilapidated state and undertook an extensive two-year restoration.[1]

As of 2010, Hathor is in sailing order but is currently laid-up at Wroxham awaiting an out-of-the-water survey and an internal refit to bring her back up to charter standard.[3] The repair and refit are due to be finished in 2013.[4]


Hathor is clinker-built. Her interior has an Egyptian theme designed by Norwich architect Edward Boardman (1833-1910), who was married to Florence Colman. She is 60 feet 0 inches (18.29 m) long, with a beam of 14 feet 2 inches (4.32 m) and a draught of 4 feet 0 inches (1.22 m). She is assessed as 23.01 GT.[1] Hathor has not been fitted with an engine and relies on wind and quanting for propulsion.[5]


External links

  • Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust
  • Boats of the Norfolk Broads
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