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Both Allen Gardiner and Lady Florence provide different and exciting dining experiences on Suffolk Rivers.

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Cruising on the River Orwell from Fox's Marina, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Cruising on the Rivers Alde and Ore from Orford, Suffolk.

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The Allen Gardiner was built in 1942 by the Miami Shipbuilding Corporation at Miami in Florida USA. She is 63 feet long, and so this design became known as the Miami 63. She is one of twenty identical boats ordered by the South African Air Force during World War II. These boats were used as air/sea rescue launches and became commonly known as “crash boats”. They were deployed in pairs around the South African coast, and they were responsible for saving the lives of over 600 survivors from the 153 ships sunk by German U-boats and surface craft off that coast during the war.
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Lady Florence is an ex-Admiralty motor fishing vessel (MFV), one of over 1000 built during World War II as supply boats. She is 50 ft long, 16ft 6′ in beam, draws 6ft of water and weighs 35 tons net, 54 gross. She is a registered British Ship, Official Number 361575 and has an Ensign Permit to wear the red ensign of Her Majesty as defaced with the badge of the National Historic ships.
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Happy Customers

I can highly recommend a lunchtime cruise on the Lady Florence. A very different and worthwhile experience; fun and friendly crew, eclectic mix of passengers, and the most fantastic food. How a full dining experience can be delivered from such a small galley is nothing short of a miracle. Top marks.
Chris Powell
A lovely way to spend a late afternoon and early evening and see Orford and Aldeburgh from the water which gives a different perspective. Orford Castle looks spectacular. Good for bird watchers. Knowledgeable and friendly crew. Good local food - don't eat too much lunch or you won't do the meal justice.
Jane Clarke
Great evening out.
Lovely evening cruise and meal. Good food especially in the small space in the galley for cooking. Beautiful views and sunsets on the Orwell. A different experience for an evening meal, would recommend this Captain has a good sense of humour during his explanation of the area as you cruise.
Mark Chess
An amazing evening!
This is by far one of the best evenings I've had whilst living in Ipswich. The cruise was fantastic & took some stunning photos. The food was lush. Couldn't ask for a better evening & have got some brilliant memories!
Laura P