Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BENGUELA
Arrived:January 1931
Departed:17 June 1933
Career:Broken up Bari September 1933.
Arrival date January 1931 from Essex Record Office document DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33.
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 29 January 1931 tug used. [Vessel may have been in river since the ledger started 1 January 1931]
-16 June 1933 Putting crew aboard. Owner/agent Italian General Shipping.
-17 June 1933 Attendance. [Last entry in ledger for BENGUELA].

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

Tonnage:5520 gross
Built:1910
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Elder Demptster
Official No:131366
ID1131366

River Blackwater Tollesbury. Postcard not mailed.

L to R ?, ?, CITY OF GUILDFORD, BENGUELA, HIGHLAND ROVER. Date: 1930s.

Above:  River Blackwater Tollesbury. Postcard not mailed. L to R ?, ?, CITY OF GUILDFORD, BENGUELA, HIGHLAND ROVER. Date: 1930s.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury

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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