1984 May or June EADT and photos of Launch of Jahan

Photos and clipping from W.Boatyard 08JAN20. Please add any extra info in the comments box below.

No date but adverts on the back indicate it’s before June 19 1984

Special Cruiser launched
‘Disabled people are being given the chance to cruise along the River Deben in a specially fitted-out craft thanks to a boatyard owner’s £70,000 project.

Waldringfield Boatyard owner Mr Reg Brown is making his purpose-built cruiser Jahan available for river trips for the disabled free of charge twice a week.

Jahan can carry up to 54 passengers and can cater for school parties, birdwatching groups and other special interest organisations in addition to pleasure trippers. 

At times the cruiser will be made available to elderly people for half price trips. The 38 feet cruiser, which has been specially fitted with a hydraulic wheelchair hoist and other adaptations for the disabled, was launched yesterday by television presenter and former BBC newsreader Robert Dougall, and multiple sclerosis victim Mrs Barbara McDowell.

Said Mr Dougall “This represents a considerable investment in time, money and ingenuity. Here now is a matchless stretch of water with a matchless cruiser to sail it.”

It was an “important enterprise” which would give “Endless pleasure to people of all ages”, he said.

The boatyard’s project also includes the construction of a 120 ft long jetty, and a new reception and refreshment complex.


The launching of “Jahan” was being performed by Rev John Waller, And Father Sam, with TV reporter Ian McDougal on the mic’


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8 months ago

Note the dinghy on davitts at the stern and no windows. The clerics are John Waller and Father Sam Leader The first question is ‘Does anybody recognise anybody in the crowd scene’? The second is ‘Do we have a more accurate date for this event in 1984? Mark lent me several other photos one of which was of an Ipswich registered craft either IP1 or IP1x or IP1xx – some forty foot long, I would say and covered in youngsters from ‘The Boys Brigade’, Mark thinks. Are you able to put that one up, Bob? OCR Special Cruiser launched ‘Disabled… Read more »

John Ogden
John Ogden
8 months ago

I can spot Hamish and Isla Fraser (maroon and floral shirts respectively) but that’s it. Liz Kennedy and other long-term residents should be able to do better than this!

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