TitleBlott Family Films - DVD 1
AbstractConverted from 16mm film, dating approx 1948 to 1956 and mostly at Tollesbury, on houseboats MERRYMAID and HEARTSEASE, or on the yacht SUSAN. For the background to these films, see Blott Family Films

The DVD lasts 2 hours. It has been edited and this version just includes Tollesbury, the life on houseboats on the saltings, sailing in local waters.
Most of the film is in colour. There is no sound.
Times below are the time in edited version, with the original DVD below it.

00m
(0:00:00)
1. The SUSAN at Tollesbury, painted black; John Blott and Charles Spooner on aft deck of HEARTSEASE, looking towards Tollesbury boat yard. The current marina did not exist at that time
00m 40s
(0:25:14)
2. Family day out on Essex Coast on the SUSAN; pictures of Skipper Brand and John Blott at helm; Susan & James Blott on deck of Heartsease with Skipper Brand and Charles Spooner.
Dinghies being prepared for racing on the hard at Tollesbury; picture of MERRYMAID on her Tollesbury mud berth
05m 12s
(0:46:50)
3. Extended Blott family, including South African cousins, on aft deck of MERRYMAID. Note that MERRYMAID was designed by CE Nicholson and built at Camper & Nicholson's in Gosport in 1904; she was converted to ketch from her original cutter rig in 1926.
Shots of POLAR MAID and MARACAIBO laid up in Blackwater [they were both in the Blackwater between May and December 1954], followed by pictures of extended Blott family on deck of SUSAN. Shots of houseboats at Mersea. Dinghy in creek at Tollesbury; sailing in creek
09m 09s
(0:50:59)
4. various boating scenes, SUSAN and MERRYMAID.
Shots on board Heartsease with various family friends; shots along deck give a good idea of her scale.
11m 33s
(0:54:32)
5. Family on HEARTSEASE contd.
12m 20s
(0:58:14)
6. Thames. Collier CORDALE. ROYAL SOVEREIGN. 'Maunsell' Forts. ROYAL DAFFODIL. Shots of barges sailing.
13m 44s
(1:01:36)
7. ROYAL SOVEREIGN. Barges sailing.
John Blott at wheel of SUSAN, sailing shots.
17m 11s
(1:05:55)
8. HEARTSEASE on her mud berth in Tollesbury, during a high spring tide. Family sailing.
18m 12s
(1:08:48)
9. Shots of the public saltwater swimming pool in Tollesbury on a Blott family outing.
General East Coast boating scenes; Blackwater oysters; a well-laiden sailing barge. This section in Black and White film.
20m 10s A large ketch, thought to be CARLINA, another yacht owned by John Blott. He's shown in LRY as owning her between 1948 and 1949, albeit the family have no cines of her being used at all, and he scarcely ever mentioned her. She was designed by G.L. Watson and built by Jas N Miller & Sons in St Monance Fife in 1939. She was 80.1 feet LOA. In the 1949 LRY, she is shown as transferred to EVD Wight Jr, of Zurich, Switzerland.
20m 16s
(1:10:46)
10. Early shots of Mersea Regatta, followed by a sequence showing what a 'correctly dressed man' wore on an Essex Trawler in the 1950s - dark suit, tie and trilby hat! Finally followed by ship GOTHIC laid up in Blackwater (Probably Sept 1954, but she did return in 1957)
22m 52s
(1:16:49)
11. Beach huts and beach location unknown. Tollesbury playing on the saltings.
24m 34s
(1:22:07)
12. HELENA MODJESKA in Blackwater, having been salvaged from the Goodwin Sands. The two halves were moored alongside each other in the River June 1947 to June 1948
25m 50s
(1:25:46)
13. Shots taken of Tollesbury saltings during a large spring tide
26m 16s
(1:43:42)
14. Swimming. Tollesbury pool ?
28m 37s
(1:57:45)
15. Spring tides on Tollesbury saltings, rescue by dinghy; Peter Blott, Bill Blott's younger brother from South Africa skipping on deck of HEARTSEASE with MERRYMAID in background. Includes shots from 'Susan' of John Blott eating shrimps from galvanised bucket in which they had been boiled after catch. Good shots of two old 'Essex men': Charles Spooner and Skipper Brand; 'Che' Blott at wheel of SUSAN. The Blott family owned 'Susan' until she was destroyed by fire in the south of France in the late 1970s.
Bradwell Power Station under construction [c1958].
33m 35sThe End

Comments by James Blott with minor additions by Tony Millatt

SourceThe Blott family
Duration34 minutes
Recordedc1956