Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BADGER
Arrived:7 December 1946
Departed:24 May 1948
Career:Built as cargo ship DANEFOLK by A/S Rodby Havns Jernskibs at Rodby Havn. Four-masted twin screw steel schooner, owned by Suenson & Jespersen, Copenhagen.
c1924 Sold to M A Robinson, registered in London.
Renamed WESTWARD.
1939 taken to Harwich, renamed BADGER, part of shore-base HMS BADGER, and used to accommodate naval personnel and stores. She remained in Harwich for the duration of the War.
1946-c1949 moored off Bradwell, as mentioned in The Salty Shore and in John Leather notes.
7 April 1947 Jeff Curtiss records her off Bradwell, in grey, sails removed, no bowsprit.
Renamed AFRICAN QUEEN-1949, ARGENTARIO-1956, PALOMA-1960.
1 Jul 1963 on fire 21.45N/37.20E and broken up Port Sudan Aug 1963
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 24 January 1947 BADGER Compensation 7 wks 1 day, Director of S.G. Disposals.
- 24 May 1948 Compensation 2 wks 2 days. H.E. Moss & Co. (agents).
Tonnage:2,001 gross
Built:1920
Type:Auxiliary Schooner
Official No:148556
ID1148556

WESTWARD. It is not known where or when this photograph was taken.

Above:  WESTWARD. It is not known where or when this photograph was taken.
Source: Mersea Museum

Thought to be the schooner WESTWARD / BADGER when she was in the River Blackwater. She was at Harwich as HMS BADGER during WW2 and was moored off Bradwell 1946-c1949

Official No. 148556, ex DANEFOLK, built 1920, 2,001 tons gross. Date: c1948.

Above:  Thought to be the schooner WESTWARD / BADGER when she was in the River Blackwater. She was at Harwich as HMS BADGER during WW2 and was moored off Bradwell 1946-c1949 Official No. 148556, ex DANEFOLK, built 1920, 2,001 tons gross. Date: c1948.
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection


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