Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      WESTWARD
Arrived:7 December 1946
Departed:24 May 1948
Career:Built as cargo ship DANEFOLK by A/S Rodby Havns Jernskibs at Rodby Havn. Four-masted twin screw steel schooner, owned by Suenson & Jespersen, Copenhagen.
24 June 1920 ran aground off the Norfolk coast and was attended to by the LOUIS HEARTWELL, a pulling lifeboat from Cromer ( No. ON495 ) [ShipsNostalgia.com]
c1924 Sold to M A Robinson, registered in London.
1925 September - advertised to make a round the world cruise from Southampton.
1939 taken to Harwich, renamed BADGER, part of shore-base HMS BADGER, and used to accommodate naval personnel and stores. She remained in Harwich for the duration of the War.
"Moored at the eastern end of Parkeston Quay, Harwich, to serve as a depot and rest ship for the East coast corvettes of the "Duck" class: SHELDRAKE, PUFFIN, MALLARD etc., and was renamed by the Navy HMS BADGER.
"While I was stationed at Harwich, the BADGER retained her four poles and her hull was painted black except for the bow extended beyond the quay, which was painted white or pale grey. The reason for this, I believe, was a sort of camouflage. The BADGER figures in the background of a number of my war-time paintings.
- P.A. Vicary of Cromer, letter to Sea Breezes published August 1961. Vol. 32 page 147.
1946-c1949 moored off Bradwell, as mentioned in The Salty Shore and in John Leather notes.
7 April 1947 Jeff Curtiss records her off Bradwell, in grey, sails removed, no bowsprit.
c1948 purchased by the Crown Development Corp. Towed to Grimsby and converted to a fish factory vessel ( now two masts and one funnel ) by Doig of Grimsby.
1949 renamed AFRICAN QUEEN, registered in Gibraltar for work in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf areas [ShipsNostalgia.com]
Renamed ARGENTARIO-1956, PALOMA-1960.
1 Jul 1963 on fire 21.45N/37.20E and broken up Port Sudan Aug 1963
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 24 January 1947 BADGER Compensation 7 wks 1 day, Director of S.G. Disposals.
- 24 May 1948 BADGER compensation 2 wks 2 days. H.E. Moss & Co. (agents).
Tonnage:2,001 gross
Built:1920
Type:Auxiliary Schooner
Official No:148556
ID1148556

WESTWARD. It is not known where or when this photograph was taken.

Above:  WESTWARD. It is not known where or when this photograph was taken.
Source: Mersea Museum

Thought to be the schooner WESTWARD / BADGER when she was in the River Blackwater. She was at Harwich as HMS BADGER during WW2 and was moored off Bradwell 1946-c1949

Official No. 148556, ex DANEFOLK, built 1920, 2,001 tons gross. Date: c1948.

Above:  Thought to be the schooner WESTWARD / BADGER when she was in the River Blackwater. She was at Harwich as HMS BADGER during WW2 and was moored off Bradwell 1946-c1949 Official No. 148556, ex DANEFOLK, built 1920, 2,001 tons gross. Date: c1948.
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection


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