Crab boats

Black Beauty


Black Beauty is a crab boat built in 1950 by Emery for Dick Davies. She was used as a working crab boat until the mid 1980s by Andy Frary, who donated her to us. She needs full restoration.

Pegasus

Crab boat Pegasus was built by Billy May in 1974 for Geoff Fox of West Runton. She has been in Scotland for about 15 years with Bernard Thain and his family, earning her keep supplying their restaurant and farm shop Fencebay with seafood. Bernard and family have generously donated Pegasus to us and she has now returned home to Norfolk, she needs some restoration.

Miss Britain

Sheringham Crab boat. 19ft 6in. Built 1955 for Jimmy Parris West by Reggie Emery. Now owned and skipper by Martin Kemp in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Amanda Lynn

Cromer Crab boat. 22ft. Build 1975 for Dennis Gaff by Billy May. Now owned and skippered by Ian Rowlands in Morston.

Billywich

Ipswich Crab boat. 23ft. Built 1971 by Billy May of Potter Heigham. Later owned by Rodney Dennis. Now owned by Kevin Gathercole in Burnham Overy Staithe.

Buddy

Sheringham Crab Boat. 17ft. Build 1934 for the Grimes family by Johnnie Johnson. Now owned by Ian Rowlands in Morston.

Calico Jack

Cart Gap Crab boat. 17ft. Identical to Unsinkable 2. Build 1976 by Alan Lawson for himself. Now owned and skippered by Chris Coubrough in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Boys Own

Sheringham Crab boat. 16ft. Built 1942 for Arthur Scotter by Johnnie Johnson. Now owned and skippered by Graeme Peart in Morston.

Unsinkable 2 (Formerly My Dream)

Cart Gap Crab boat. 19ft. Identical to Calico Jack. Built 1976 by Richard Harvey for himself. Now owned and skippered by Anthony Hare in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Welcome Messenger

Sheringham Crab boat. 20ft. Built 1963 for Bennett Middleton by Billy May. Now owned and skippered by Wendy Pritchard in Burnham Overy Staithe.

Our Boys

Sheringham Crab boat. 20ft. Built in 1950 for “Joyful” West by Reggie Emery. Now owned and skippered by Joyful’s grandson and family, Robin and Linda West in Morston.

Joan Elizabeth (Formerly Dorothy Hazel)

Sheringham Crab boat. 20ft. Built in 1969 for Jimmy “Wuzza” Allen by Billy May. Later owned by Richard Little. Now owned by Ben Riches in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Michael Edward

Cromer Crab boat. 22ft. Built 1978 for Billy Davies by Billy May of Potter Heigham. Now owned and skippered by Andrew Wace in Morston.

Miss Judith

Sheringham Crab boat. 19ft. Built 1936 by Johnnie Johnson for a wealthy family for £35. Then owned by Richard Little. In 1964 sold to Ticky Cornwall of Cley-next-the-Sea who offered to makeup the payment shortfall with a goal. Wells Sailing Club Committee & Safety Boat in the 1970s, then owned by Gary Anthony and Laurie Lupin. Now owned and skippered by John and Lynn Johnson from Burnham Overy Staithe.

My Girls (Formerley Joan Elizabeth)

20ft. Built 1964 for Richard Little by Billy May. Now owned by Henry Chamberlain of Coastal Exploration Company Wells-next-the-Sea.

Auk

Crab boat. 17ft. Built in 2014 by David Hewitt for Henry Faire who uses her in Morston.

Valerie Teresa

Cromer Crab boat. 22ft. Built 1989 for John Balls by David Hewitt of Stiffkey. Now owned and skippered by Tom Gathercole in Burnham Overy Staithe.

Jonathan James

East Runton Crab boat. 21ft. Built 1968 for Roger Seago by Billy May. Now owned by Tom Gathercole of Burnham Overy Staithe.

Boy Michael

 

17ft Crab boat. Built in 1973 by Billy May as a pleasure crab boat for Ivor Read in Hemsby and when new she was all varnished. She was then converted by Maycraft to a motor crab boat. Now owned by David and Elaine Vaughan and kept at Morston.

KP&K

Built by R E Emery of Sheringham in 1947 for ‘Shrimp’ Davies of Cromer. Restored in 2024 and owned by David Hewitt. 

Michael Beauty

Cromer Crab boat. 22ft. Built 1974 for Dick Davies by Billy May of Potter Heigham. Now owned and skippered by Gavin Potter in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Early Rose