Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ORANGE RIVER
Arrived:January 1932
Departed:7 December 1933
Career:1934 renamed GAROUFALIA. She was torpedoed 11 December 1939.
Arrival date January 1932 from Essex Record Office document DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33 - it says "Not on Fishery".
Oyster Company records: Arrival date not recorded, first entry 9 January 1932 'Attendance'.

"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel but has no further info. See DJG_SHP

Tonnage:4,708 gross
Built:1914
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Houlder Bros
Official No:135903
ID1135903

Ships in the River Blackwater, taken from Bradwell.
The vessel on the right is BENGUELA, broken up September 1933. 
There are two Houlder Bros vessels in the picture - they look identical. One is possibly the ORANGE RIVER, which was laid up in the Blackwater December 1932 [T&M Oyster Company records] Date: Before September 1933.

Above:  Ships in the River Blackwater, taken from Bradwell. The vessel on the right is BENGUELA, broken up September 1933. There are two Houlder Bros vessels in the picture - they look identical. One is possibly the ORANGE RIVER, which was laid up in the Blackwater December 1932 [T&M Oyster Company records] Date: Before September 1933.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection


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