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 Sailing barge CLARA at Stambridge Mills 1930s


From Liverpool Journal of Commerce 21 July 1931, with thanks to British Newspaper Archive:

CLARA, sailing barge, owner Francis, Colchester, lightering cargo of timber ex steamer GUNHILL at discharging berth in River Blackwater, capsized on July 18 during strong Wind. Barge refloated early this morning; now alongside receivers' wharf at ...
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Sailing barge CLARA at Stambridge Mills 1930s

From Liverpool Journal of Commerce 21 July 1931, with thanks to British Newspaper Archive:
CLARA, sailing barge, owner Francis, Colchester, lightering cargo of timber ex steamer GUNHILL at discharging berth in River Blackwater, capsized on July 18 during strong Wind. Barge refloated early this morning; now alongside receivers' wharf at Maldon. (Brightlingsea, July 20)

From Ron Green:
CLARA, together with the Francis & Gilders fleet had been busy lightering timber probably from a ship off Osea, into Heybridge Basin, and also to probably Sadds at Maldon. CLARA came into Heybridge Basin on 14 Oct 1929 with 50 tons for Bentall and again on 14 Dec 1929 with 65 tons for Brown, Chelmsford. The rest of the Francis & Guilders fleet, together with some outsiders, carried on with this work through to the early 1940s but CLARA was not amongst them. Maybe she couldn't be trusted with a deck load of timber after the mishap.

CLARA Official No. 105829 built 1896 at Sittingbourne. 60 tons.


Date: 1930s      

Photo: Ron Green Collection
Image ID RG25_737
Category 3 Disasters and Mishaps


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