Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Ship:      TENAGODUS
Arrived:18 May 1959
Departed:31 August 1962.
Career:The crew paid off at Maldon 17 May 1959 following her arrival. Built as HORSESHOE. Renamed TENAGODUS-1947. Broken up Inverkeithing, arrived 3 Sep 1962
Oyster Company ledger first entry 13 August 1960 compensation 4 weeks. Last entry 15 September 1962 compensation 4 weeks.
Voyage Record Card: Arrived River Blackwater 18 May (no year specified) from River Tyne. Sailed River Blackwater 31 August 1962 for Inverkeithing.

Mid Essex WSS - Lloyds List: arrived 18 May 1959 sailed 31 Aug 1962 for Inverkeithing in tow SEAMAN and TRADESMAN.

Letter from Shell to Lloyds Register 21 December 1959 says the vessel is 'still laid up in Lough Swilly' and LR to Shell 5 Apr 1960 indicates still in Lough Swilly. - Lloyds Register Foundation].
4 November 1960 sold to British Iron and Steel Corporation for breaking up [Letter from Shell to Lloyds Register at Lloyds Register Foundation]

The information from these sources does not agree. In particular, in May 1959, did she lay up in the Blackwater or Lough Swilly?

Tonnage:10,172 gross
Owner:Shell Tankers
Official No:245772

TENAGODUS, believed to be in the River Blackwater Date: 1960.

Above:  TENAGODUS, believed to be in the River Blackwater Date: 1960.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

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