WOOTTENS BOAT BUILDERS are to mark their 100th Anniversary of trading on the banks of the river Thames, with a celebration for 300 guests at their Quarry Wood Boathouse, Cookham Dean, on 14 June 2008.  

GUY WOOTTEN, proprietor said today “Woottens was founded by my great grandfather in 1908 and the company has continued to trade from the same location on the banks of the River Thames for 100 years.  As we enter our second century of trading I am thrilled that my son Lee has recently commenced his boat building apprenticeship which will ensure the continuity of the company for the fifth generation of Woottens”  

TODAY Woottens Boat Builders offer a full range of boat yard facilities, from building and restoration to engineering and mooring.  Woottens specialise in the restoration of vintage wooden boats, employing traditionally trained and highly skilled professionals, whose experience and expertise is second to none.  The administration and accounts side of the business is taken care of by Guy’s wife, Dawn, the Office Manager.

OF SPECIAL INTEREST is the on-going restoration of Judith R, a 1935 commuter yacht, transported across the Atlantic in a ruinous state by her current owners specifically for restoration by Woottens.  At 57ft long a floating temporary shed has had to be built to accommodate her!   Other renowned projects over the years have included the restoration in 1993 of Baby Greyhound, the only surviving 50ft 

Andrews Slipper Launch and the building of the 18ft cutter-rigged sloop Sopranino; which, in 1952, set the record for the smallest sailing boat to have crossed the Atlantic and is now on display in the Isle Of Wight Maritime Museum. 

WHEN IT COMES TO AWARDS Woottens’ clients frequently pick up a clutch of trophies at the renowned Thames Traditional Boat Rally, where the standard of Woottens’ workmanship is publicly acknowledged at this annual gathering of vintage craft.  Their clients have regularly been awarded The Andrews Trophy for the best slipper launch at the show, and more notably The Bourne Trophy, awarded to the ‘best in show’ amongst others.    

IN RECOGNITION of over 30 years of dedication and service on the Thames, in 2007 Guy Wootten was honoured to be invited by The Queen’s Swan Marker to take part in the historic ceremony of Swan Upping; he hopes to continue in the prestigious role of Swan Upper on behalf of The Crown for many years to come.

SPEAKING OF THE PARTY on 14 June Guy Wootten adds “This event is our opportunity to thank all of our clients, suppliers, contractors and staff for their input and support over the years, and to raise a glass to the next 100 years of Woottens Boat Builders”.   

WOOTTENS HISTORY IN PICTURES [1908 – 2008]

1908 Founder Arthur Wootten
1943 Home Gaurd, Greyhound
1948 Patrick Wooten Rowing
1951 Sopranino
1969 Pat Grafting Hard
1995 Minnie Shoo Shoo
1996 Baby Greyhound
2007 To The Future

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Few yards can boast an unbroken history of over 100 years on the same site, but four generations of Woottens have kept boat building alive at Cookham Dean.
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