Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ARO
Arrived:11 July 1975
Departed:November 1978
Career:Built as FERNCREST. Renamed CRESTA-1964, ARO-1968. October 1978 sold by auction to German shipbreakers and resold to Spanish shipbreakers. Sailed under tow TS 42 TOUGH - the tug EGERTON had helped untangle her. Broken up Santander 27 Nov 1978.
She was laid up at the outer end of the anchorage, almost off Cross Lane. One of the Gurton family from Tollesbury was sometime watchman on board.
Tonnage:22,399 gross
Built:1956
Type:Tanker
LR/IMO Number:5114064
ID5114064

Sailing in the Blackwater. The laid up tanker on the left is thought to be ARO which was in the River from 11 July 1975 to November 1978.

Ron Green writes: I'm not sure of the nearest smack - could be CK 256 HYACINTH but the other one is CK141 PEACE.


The dinghies with circles in their sails are Contenders and 101 is a Merlin Rocket. K242 looks like a Tornado catamaran. Date: 1977.

Above:  Sailing in the Blackwater. The laid up tanker on the left is thought to be ARO which was in the River from 11 July 1975 to November 1978. Ron Green writes: I'm not sure of the nearest smack - could be CK 256 HYACINTH but the other one is CK141 PEACE. The dinghies with circles in their sails are Contenders and 101 is a Merlin Rocket. K242 looks like a Tornado catamaran. Date: 1977.
Source: Mersea Museum / Rose and Len Harvey Collection

Laid up tanker ARO and a Sun tug, thought to be SUN XXII, in the River Blackwater. ARO which was in the River from 11 July 1975 to November 1978. She was built 1956 as FERNCREST and scrapped Santander 27 Nov 1978. Date: c1977.

Above:  Laid up tanker ARO and a Sun tug, thought to be SUN XXII, in the River Blackwater. ARO which was in the River from 11 July 1975 to November 1978. She was built 1956 as FERNCREST and scrapped Santander 27 Nov 1978. Date: c1977.
Source: Mersea Museum / Audrey Davy


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