Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ALBANIA
Arrived:29 June 1926
Departed:19 April 1928
Career:Mentioned in 'Companion to Essex' as a four-masted Liverpool vessel, laid up in the River Blackwater.
1930 sold to Italian owners, renamed CALIFORNIA.
11 Aug 1941 sunk by allied aircraft Syracuse Harbour

See http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/cunard7.html for picture and info on being laidup 1925-1930 [Aug 2016 this link does not work]

Liverpool Journal of Commerce reports:
12 Oct 1926 ALBANIA at River Blackwater since 29 June 1926
25 Apr 1928, 30 Apr 1928 at Tilbury dry dock
3 May 1928 passed Gravesend under tow of SUN 4, SUN 5 and SUN 9.
3 May 1928, 16 Nov 1929 ALBANIA at Southend

Arr 20 Oct 1926 dep 19 Apr 1928 arr 2 May 1928 dep 25 Jan 1930 [ George Swieszkowski ]
VRC_031 covers 19 April 1928 to 25 January 1930 but leaves a big gap and does not specifically mention River Blackwater.
19 Apr 1928 London, 1 May 1928 London
2 May 1928 Southend
25 Jan 1930 London
27 Feb 1930 London (on tow)

Tonnage:12,767 gross
Built:1920
Type:Passenger cargo
Owner:Cunard SS Co. Ltd
Official No:143704
ID1143704

Cunard Line ALBANIA in the River Blackwater off Bradwell. She was in the river 1925 to 1930. Date: c1930.

Above:  Cunard Line ALBANIA in the River Blackwater off Bradwell. She was in the river 1925 to 1930. Date: c1930.
Source: Mersea Museum


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