Boating Co ran River Trips for FF19...
FlowerFest19 are delighted to welcome Bournemouth Boating to our event this year.
It takes approximately 40 minutes to cruise down the river to the beach, passing through the unparalleled beauty of this little known harbour. The views of Christchurch Priory, Place mill, Hengistbury Head and the harbour are spectacular, with a wealth of wildlife to see on the way.
History– They have 4 Headland boats, the Headland Belle, the Headland Queen, and the Headland Pal were all built in1934 with the Headland Maid following in 1935. Built in Elkins Boat yard, which still exists in Christchurch, they were designed specifically for Christchurch Harbour conditions.
The water in the harbour can be very shallow at low tide therefore a very shallow draft was necessary. These boats only draw 18 inches fully laden. In order to avoid a propeller protruding beneath the boat, a tunnel system was devised whereby the propeller is located within the tunnel, drawing the water up, through the tunnel inside the boat and pushing it out at the stern.
These ferries have maintained this service across Christchurch Harbour every year since their construction, except during the war, when they were commandeered by the Navy. There are many stories about their exploits. After the war they were returned to service in Christchurch, although only one retained the original varnished hull.
These boats have been carefully maintained in as original condition as possible given the need to conform to regulations covering passenger vessels.
Bournemouth Boating were happy to run a ferry service for FF19 from the Wick Ferry Pontoon outside the Captains Club. Times will be weather dependant but they will usually run every 45 minutes., an afternoon tea afterward at the Captains Club was available! Bournemouthboating.co.uk