RANWORTH: New ale marks launch of iconic wherry

wherry albion at Ranworth

wherry albion at Ranworth - Credit: Archant

Support for the iconic 116 year old Wherry Albion comes in many forms and from surprising directions. This year they had new ale brewed for by the award-winning Green Jack Brewery of Lowestoft.

Tim Dunford, as a boy, fished from the deck of Albion when she was at Lake Lothing for winter maintenance, and has had a fondness for her ever since. Now, as a successful brewer, he is in a position to help her stay in sailing condition for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

He has brewed special ale, from the sale of which monies will be donated to the Norfolk Wherry Trust by Green Jack. The beer is called Jenny Morgan after the lady on the windvane that flies atop Albion’s mast, and was launched on May 1 at The Maltsters at Ranworth.

Albion sailed from her Ludham base to Ranworth Staithe and the head chef at The Malsters made a fish and chip lunch with the batter being made with the new, Jenny Morgan ale.

Pictured: The Malsters head chef Adam, preparing the cod fillets for battering, watched by Albion skipper Henry Gowman and trustee of the Norfolk Wherry Trust, with his pint of Jenny Morgan ale.

Words and Pictures by MAURICE GRAY

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