Trip Bean in the early years.
Beans Boats was started up in the mid 1930s by W.J Bean (TRIP) and his brother E.A.K Bean (KITCH). They stopped during the war years as Kitch joined the navy and Trip the coastguard. The business started up again in 1946 and was later joined by Trip’s sons, John and Graham, as they left school in the late 1950’s.
Until 1978 the boats ferried passengers to and from Blakeney Point nature reserve, leaving from Morston quay at high tide and from the lower harbour at low tide with people often having to paddle across the marshes to catch the boat! For some years in the 60s and 70s, Graham ran his boat from Blakeney Quay before returning to Morston in the 1980s.
Banner: Trip Bean in the early years. Above Trip in the 70's at Morston Creek with the first Seal Boats and later in life
The seals were protected in 1976 and from then, gradually became tamer. It was then that Beans Boats began trips to take people to see the seals, combining these with a landing on Blakeney Point on the high tide. At that time, the trips ran only during the summer months and the family would have to do other jobs over the winter such as worm digging.
Beans family and crew posing at Morston Quay
There is also the next generation growing up to hopefully carry on the family business: Steven’s son, Joshua (age 14), Jason’s son, Jonathan (age 12 ) and Matthew’s son, Harry (age 4)
Having started all those years ago with just the one boat, we now have 6 purpose built ferries fitted out to Maritime Coastguard Agency standards.