Hearts of Oak Houseboat

Reference the House Boat “Hearts of Oak “, I placed some feedback in a comment back on 12th July 2015 regarding my mother and father living on the Hearts of Oak and that my family photo album had photographs.

I appreciate that it was six years ago, but living in New Zealand, It has taken a couple of trips back to the UK to visit brothers and sisters who had these photos.

I noted to my surprise that, from a comment on the 10th of October 2016 from Helen Bootle,  her grandfather had owned the Thames Barge in the 1930s.  With so many years passing, I wonder if you can kindly forward the link to Helen.

I’m still trying to trace my family tree – which seems to include Belgravia Work House, Orphanages, Lawn House in Southend & Spanish immigration to England – of the Gajardo’s – Mary (Montgomery) & Maria Carman, Cecil James Andrew, Cathrine Andrew, so please do put your feedback.

You can see the Hearts of Oak, as a houseboat – my father said he found an old musket rifle perfectly preserved in the mud – It was cleaned down and hung on the bulkhead within the Hearts of Oak – to his amazement his Stepfather threw it overboard into the creek !

Hope the photos bring back memories from that era.

Kind Regards
Peter Andrew

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