Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      DARCOILA
Arrived:7 February 1932
Departed:4 December 1932
Career:At 13.37 hours on 26 Sep, 1940, the DARCOILA (Master William Anderson), dispersed from convoy OB-217, was torpedoed and sunk by U-32 west of Ireland. The master and 30 crew members were lost.
Dates from Oyster Company ledger.
Essex Record Office document "DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33" says "Shifted off Fishery 2 March 1932".
Tonnage:4,084 gross
Built:1928
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Douglas & Ramsey
Official No:160201
ID1160201

The back of the photograph says

Above:  The back of the photograph says "Mona, Babs, Edwin, Prince & Betty Hewes on SS. Daroila.". An email from Iain Merch-Chammon helps us put the names in place: L-R back 1. Betty Hewes (Iain says 'a Mersea girl', 2. Great Aunt Mona - Mona Pickett née Cobley , 3. Aunt Babs - Babs Lindkear-Jensen née Chammon In front with Dog - Edwin Chammon with Prince. Iain says: "My grandfather was master of the SS DARCOILA. He was taken ill whilst on board at Mersea 1932/33... Date: cAugust 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Gill and Trevor Hayes Collection

Muriel, Captain Anderson & Tora. The ship is unidentified, but another photograph shows some of the Hewes family on board DARCOILA, and when DARCOILA was lost in the War, her Captain was William Anderson - but DARCOILA did not arrive until February 1932. Date: April 1931.

Above:  Muriel, Captain Anderson & Tora. The ship is unidentified, but another photograph shows some of the Hewes family on board DARCOILA, and when DARCOILA was lost in the War, her Captain was William Anderson - but DARCOILA did not arrive until February 1932. Date: April 1931.
Source: Mersea Museum / Gill and Trevor Hayes Collection


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