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A two minute British Pathé clip, entitled Many Girls in a Boat, made and first screened in the summer of 1932, shows a group of young ladies from the Greenwich Girls Home in London staying in ‘The Ionia’ houseboat, a former fishing smack, and frolicking in the sea, having lunch, and receiving and opening letters – all overseen by a rather stern-looking matron.


The Ionia became unsafe and in 1975 was deliberately destroyed by being burnt.  The barely visible remains of which can still be seen today near the Martello Tower at Slaughden Quay.




The Ionia

Old postcard view of the Ionia

Old postcard view of Slaughden and the Ionia