The Vanessa, original name Träumerei II was built in 1953 by Graham Bunn of Wroxham.

She was built for Mr.C. H .Roe who incidentally, was the chairman of Graham Bunn. Designed by R.M. Martins.

Mr. Roe who was a leading business man manufacturing omnibus's in the midlands supplied a lot of the very fine Burma teak and the two Thorneycroft engines, also some very unusual extras such as the large bus windows in the decks house and Bus ceiling lights.

Her original name Träumerei II was chosen we believe from information received from a family friend of Mr. Roe's. Because Träumerei from Schubert was one of his favourite melodies.

Why Träumerei II, what happened to the first one, we believe, but are not certain on this point she was built slightly smaller 43 ft., the hull was made, and Mr. Roe's wife decided it was too small, this boat was then completed and sold it to his very good friend George Formby.

But Mr. Formby was so impressed with Tramerer II that he also commissioned a very simler boat to be built, which he named Lady Beryl II

 I read in the 

"In 1953 George Formby bought the motor cruiser “”Traumerei” which had been built by Windboats in 1950 and renamed it “Lady Beryl”, although this was sold in 1957 when the newly commissioned “Lady Beryl II” was launched."


Here is an article about the first Träumerei and photos as lady Beryl.

Now named Lady Beryl


This is the Träumerei II

Graham Bunn's Flagship

We know she left England sometime between 1965/70 and went to France, unfortunately this part of her history is a bit vague.

She was originally named "Träumerei II", then sold to Sir William Steward who named her, we think, "Golden Dawn of Wroxham", she was then taken to France.

From France she was moved to Spain, and in 1984/85 went to Mallorca, where the new American owners named her "Heather Brooke".

Brooke contacted me and sent some photos of her, from the time she lived onboard with her sister Heather about 1985.

Heather & Brooke on board, Mallorca

The two of them at work


In 1990 she was sold again to Sir Richard Branson sister Mrs.Vanessa Devereux and she was renamed "Vanessa's Folly".

Then in 2000 she was sold to Mr. N.A. Abel Smith, for one pound, according to the Bill of Sale.

Motor Yacht ”Vanessa

Ownership History

Built 1953

Mr. Charles Roe

Träumerie II


Sir William Steward (No Info)

Golden Dawn of Wroxham ??


William & Penelope Fletcher (No Info)

Golden Dawn of Wroxham ??


Cape Verga Limited

Heather Brooke


Robert & Vanessa Devereux

Vanessas Folly


Mr. N.L. Abel Smith (Ned Rocknroll)

Vanessas Folly


Mr. Jack Huddel



Mr. Mark Wightman (present owner)



Any information or corrections regarding her history would be much appreciated .




This is Lady Beryl II ? (or her sister ship)

See how the Bows are very similar to Träumerei II

Is this the same boat? Now with the name Lady Beryl II. Can you spot the difference?

I would like to thank The Norfolk-Broads Forum for these photos and a very special thanks to Mr. Ian Muchall who helped with  information and photos which he inherited from his great uncle Mr C. H. Roe. and anyone else who might have contributed or has the copyrights on any photos reproduced on this web page.