Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BOUGAINVILLE
Arrived:3 Jun 1985
Departed:3 Sep 1985
Career:The bulk carrier TACOMA CITY of Reardon Smith Line of Cardiff built by UCS at Govan as one of the 12 "Cardiff Class" types buit for them, Irish Shipping as Celtic Bulk Carriers and Cardigan Shipping. The ship was laid up in the River Blackwater with their EASTERN VALLEY ex CARDIFF CITY, under arrest after the collapse of Reardon Smith Line.
Reardon Smith Line ceased trading in 1985. The UK flag "City" ships were unusually registered at Bideford due to the family's origin.
Arrived as TACOMA CITY and left the River as BOUGAINVILLE.
Renamed BOUGAINVILLE-1985, ROSEBUD-1986, ROSALEEN M-1989, PETALOUDA-1991, MACFORCE-1992, FORCE-1994, GOKAR-1995, GOK-1998. Broken up Gadani Beach 9 Jun 1998.
Tonnage:16,704 gross
Built:1972
Type:Bulk carrier
LR/IMO Number:7123538
ID7123538

TACOMA CITY in the Blackwater with SCEPTRE approaching.

Above:  TACOMA CITY in the Blackwater with SCEPTRE approaching.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

TACOMA CITY laid up in the River Blackwater Date: 22 June 1985.

Above:  TACOMA CITY laid up in the River Blackwater Date: 22 June 1985.
Source: Mersea Museum / Derek Sands

TACOMA CITY laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 25 August 1985.

Above:  TACOMA CITY laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 25 August 1985.
Source: Mersea Museum / Derek Sands


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