Rudi Arends, Secretary of the Dutch Singer Owners’ Club, gets his Commodore Boat - Miss Singer lll - up to speed on the Norfolk Broads during the SOC’s SND in 2007, with passenger Nigel Hughes. Miss Singer lll is one of only three known surviving Singer boats. Many thanks to Rudi for sending us these pictures, and to Richard Johnstone-Bryden, who took them, for giving his permission for us to use them.
The Singer Boats were:
1. The Cadet - a 14ft 6in two-seater, with a beam of 5ft 1in, fitted with a marine version of Singer’s 4-cylinder 972 cc Nine Le Mans ohc engine, giving a design operating speed of 28 knots. 2. The Commodore - a 16ft, four-seater, with a beam of 5ft 6in, fitted with a marine version of Singer’s 1½ Litre, 6-cylinder, triple carburettor, 1493 cc, ohc, cross-flow engine, giving a design operating speed of 30 knots. They were designed by Eric See and built in his father Percy’s boatyard in Fareham, Hampshire in 1934/5 in
exchange for Singer’s help in setting up their own foundry to produce the high quality components See’s demanded for their boats. As well as the engines, Singer provided the seat backrests and cushions as fitted to the Le Mans cars, plus the dash-board and instrument panel. Thanks to Nigel Hughes for the above information.
To see Nigel’s story ‘Singers on the Crest of a Wave’, which tells how Singer became involved with Percy and Eric See in the building of the Singer Boats, CLICK HERE.
NB. Richard Johnstone-Bryden is a professional author, historian and photographer, and has written books on: The Royal Yacht Britannia - The Official History; Britain's Greatest Warship - HMS Ark Royal (IV);Hunter's Fleet & Norfolk Wherries. For details Tel: 44 (0) 1603 471223or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.