Hobbs & Sons registered as a limited company. Shortly afterwards Hobbs purchase other boatyard businesses in Goring and Shiplake, including one from a Mr. S. Saunders who goes onto co-form Saunders Roe, which eventually pioneers the hovercraft.
Responsibility for the construction and facilities at the Henley Royal Regatta taken on (only relinquished after the millennium).
During WW2 with no petrol and then rationing, punts and skiffs enjoyed great popularity every weekend, particularly for camping.
Tony Hobbs is appointed a Royal Waterman to Her Majesty the Queen, undertaking royal duties at Buckingham and St James Palaces and Windsor Castle including visits from overseas sovereigns and many state openings of parliament. Another Queens Waterman, Colin Hinton has been with the firm since he left school.
Tony Hobbs is appointed an MBE for services to the community, and is one of only four people to receive the Henley Town Medal.
A small local boat hire company is purchased, taking the company’s boat fleet over 50 – the largest on the Thames.
Hobbs reaches its 146th year. Despite hailing from the Victorian age, the company – like Old Father Thames himself – keeps rolling steadily on…