Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Arrived:13 July 1974
Departed:19 March 1975
Career:Built as ABDELMOUMEN. Renamed PLAYA DE LA ALDEA-1969, MARDINA MERCHANT-1973, RADIANT CLAUDIA-1975, CLAUDIA-1976, CHRISTIANA R.-1977. 17 September 1978 lost in collision 12nm SSW Cape Finisterre.

It is mentioned in Essex County Standard 7 March 1975 WMC_SB07_007 that MARDINA MERCHANT had been in the river some time and would soon be leaving. Owned by company from Piraeus, Greece, registered Hong Kong.

MARDINA MERCHANT had been arrested at Newhaven July 1974 following the collapse of Mardina Lines and was moved to the Blackwater by the Admiralty Marshall.

31 July 1974 pick up crew, swivel up (Clarke & Carter work book KMD_BK1_040).
13 March 1975 time sheet from M.D. Lungley for picking up watchman (KMD_BK1_145).
14 March 1975 unswivel turns, surveyor pickup, take out stores (Clarke & Carter work book KMD_BK1_065).
17 March 1975 pick up Captain and crew (Clarke & Carter work book KMD_BK1_066).

Voyage Record Card for RADIANT CLAUDIA for 1975 does not refer to Blackwater. For MARDINA MERCHANT 1973 to 1974 inclusive Sailed River Blackwater 19 March 1975 for Santander.
Arrived 13 Jul 1974 in tow tug KENLEY sailed 19 Mar 1975 [George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List]

Tonnage:1,180 gross
Type:Refrigerated ship
LR/IMO Number:6708965

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