Colne Marine & Yacht Company Ltd

Along Wivenhoe Quay

Peter HIll

Colne Marine & Yacht Company Ltd
The Herald of Wivenhoe on Wivenhoe Quay before launch.
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The launch of the Herald of Wivenhoe in 1963.
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The launching of the Herald of Wivenhoe from Guy Harding's Colne Marine & Yacht Co. Ltd.'s yard on Wivenhoe Quay, 1963.
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Guy Harding's Colne Marine & Yacht Co. Ltd yard on the Quay.
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine Quayside R Sykes yacht "Folly Rose" in foreground
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine Quat Side and Crane
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine Quay Side Steve Hart's Cheverton Caravel
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine/Rosabelle Shed as now
Hardings Yard/Colne Marine Quay Side Early Morning
Hardings Yard/Colne Marine/Martyn Wade's "Tomahawk" inside the Rosabelle Shed
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine Rosabelle Workshop
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine later years
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Hardings Yard/Colne Marine - Guy Harding with Johnny Girling
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Guy Harding who established the Colne Marine Boat Yard in 1953
Hardings yard/ Colne Marine

A picture of the Colne Marine & Yacht Company Ltd on Wivenhoe Quay which was founded by Guy Harding in 1952.

His workshop and yard used to turn out a few yachts each year, in all 26 yachts until about 1970. At this time, fibreglass began to takeover from traditional construction methods and skills.

The first yacht he built was the Tugra d’or  which was 51 feet in length, begun in January 1955 and launched the following year.

His shed on The Quay had been the mold loft for Cox & King Ltd and later the place where the gear was stored for the Rosabelle, a fine cabin cruiser kept at Wivenhoe, and this is why the building which is now a private house, is called The Rosabelle.

The remains of the crane which can be seen in the photograph are to be found at the head of the Wet Dock in Cooks Shipyard.  Guy Harding is supposed to have found the crane for sale in an old quarry in Cornwall and had it brought to Wivenhoe.

The premises have now been rebuilt and converted to residential use and the whole complex is called ‘Harding’s Yard’.

This page was added on 26/03/2015.

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