G.Prout and Sons Ltd.

Canvey Boat Builders

By Ian Hawks

Photo:Roland and Francis Prout

Roland and Francis Prout


Francis Prout the last of the Prout Brothers died on the 23rd February 2011 at a nursing home in Woodbridge Suffolk.

Roland Prout died 1997.

They will both be remembered for the development of Catamarans built at the Point, Canvey and in early days the building of folding canoes and boats with their father Geoffrey at the Small Gains factory. I worked with them in both factories for many years,

Francis’s wife Erica, my sister died September 2010

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 23/02/2011.
Comments about this page

Sad to hear of the passing of Francis Prout. Thank you Ian for the great photo of the Prout brothers, their company, founded by their father and expanded by them played a significant role in Canvey's industrial history.

By Graham Stevens
On 24/02/2011

So sad to hear this news, Francis was a great inspiration to me in my younger boat building days... fond memories indeed. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

By David Thomas
On 26/02/2011

Francis's death sees the passing of a fruitful era in the development of folding boats, and later catarmarans, and deserves its rightful place in small boat history in Britain

By Tony Ford
On 28/02/2011

So sorry to learn of this sad news - I had aspirations to be a boat designer as a Canvey youngster thanks to the Prout reputation - I was also a good pal of Steve Prout at this time (c. 1968/69)

By steve
On 05/03/2011

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