Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      VOLTAIRE
Arrived:15 October 1930
Departed:7 May 1932
Career:Laid up 1930 in the River Blackwater
Spring 1932 left the river, converted for cruising with the hull repainted white, and did a series of short cruises from Liverpool.
Converted in 1939 to armed merchant cruiser and renamed HMS VOLTAIRE
Lost 9 Apr 1941 to enemy action by the German raider KMS THOR
There is a good history of the VANDYCK and VOLTAIRE in Sea Breezes January 1979.
Vessel in the 1931 Oyster Company ledger - she was already in the river when the ledger starts. 7 May 1932 left fishery.
Arrival date from Voyage Record Card.

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

Tonnage:13,500 gross
Built:1923
Type:Passenger ship
Owner:Lamport & Holt
Official No:147238
ID1147238

VOLTAIRE laid up in River Blackwater off Bradwell 1931 Date: 1931.

Above:  VOLTAIRE laid up in River Blackwater off Bradwell 1931 Date: 1931.
Source: John Leather Collection

The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The ship second from the left is believed to be the VOLTAIRE. Date: Before May 1932.

Above:  The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The ship second from the left is believed to be the VOLTAIRE. Date: Before May 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

North Creek, Bradwell-on-Sea. The VOLTAIRE is believed to be the vessel on the left. Date: 1932.

Above:  North Creek, Bradwell-on-Sea. The VOLTAIRE is believed to be the vessel on the left. Date: 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Ships laid up in River Blackwater off Tollesbury. VOLTAIRE is just left of centre - she left the river 7 May 1932. Date: 1931.

Above:  Ships laid up in River Blackwater off Tollesbury. VOLTAIRE is just left of centre - she left the river 7 May 1932. Date: 1931.
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection

Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed.

Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1 to 3 not known, 4. VOLTAIRE, 5. PAKEHA, 6. HIGHLAND ROVER (left river 30 October 1932). Date: Before October 1932.

Above:  Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed. Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1 to 3 not known, 4. VOLTAIRE, 5. PAKEHA, 6. HIGHLAND ROVER (left river 30 October 1932). Date: Before October 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Postcards


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