Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      MAMILIUS
Arrived:4 May 1931
Departed:19 October 1932
Career:Built as ZEALANDIC for Shaw Savill & Albion. 1926 transferred to Aberdeen Line as MAMILIUS 1926, back to Shaw Savill as MAMARI 1933 [reported dates vary].
1939 sold to Admiralty and refitted as decoy version of aircraft carrier HMS HERMES.
4 June 1941 attacked by German aircraft near Cromer, hit wreck and ran aground. Wrekc torpedoed by E-boats.
Back of a photograph from Peter Bibby mentions MAMARI in the River Blackwater (but quotes date 1930). Photograph LIL_AB1_039 shows vessel that matches the appearance of ZEALANDIC.
Dates from Oyster Company ledger - names ship as MAMILIUS and owner/agent as Shaw Savill.
Tonnage:10,898 gross
Built:1911
Type:Passenger ship
Owner:Shaw Savill & Albion
Official No:131389
ID1131389

Shaw Savill line vessel laid up in River Blackwater, before WW2.

Thought to be MAMILIUS, ex ZEALANDIC-1926, renamed MAMARI-1933. 10,898 tons gross, built 1911. Official No. 131389. Date: Before 1939.

Above:  Shaw Savill line vessel laid up in River Blackwater, before WW2. Thought to be MAMILIUS, ex ZEALANDIC-1926, renamed MAMARI-1933. 10,898 tons gross, built 1911. Official No. 131389. Date: Before 1939.
Source: Mersea Museum / Lil Clarke Collection


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