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 Yorkshire. 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.
Framar gets reviewed by the Lincolnshire echo as a boat with a lot of stories in it, and being a chance to share it with the local people of Lincolnshire. Please click on image to see it close up , or download to view closer up.