Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Arrived:10 August 1981
Departed:15 August 1981
Arrived 2:10 September 1981
Departed 2:17 October 1981
Career:Renamed CHAR CHE-1982. Broken up Kaohsiung 2 Dec 1983

Arrived 10 Aug 1981 sailed 15 Aug 1981 arrived 10 Sep 1981 sailed 17 Oct 1981 [George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List]

19 May 2023 recently posted on by Clifford James:
I was on Manchester Crusade in the Blackwater. Had a great time, we were taken daily by launch ashore to spend the evening's in the Victory and Fountain public houses.
We were taken ashore daily or else we might have been entitled to a "captive time" payment. Having said this the shipping company were excellent and we were well looked after. It was also great for me as i hailed from Colchester so friends and family would visit the pub's almost daily to say hello..
Myself and a few mates used to jump from the bow of the ship, (44Feet) and then the tide would take us alongside until you grabbed the pilot ladder. Totally crazy, miss the ladder and you were gone. But i was only 18 and daft lol! Great memories of my time there.

Tonnage:12,039 gross
Type:Container ship
LR/IMO Number:7034347

MANCHESTER CRUSADE laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 13 October 1981.

Above:  MANCHESTER CRUSADE laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 13 October 1981.
Source: Mersea Museum / Derek Sands

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