Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Ship:      PAKAAR
Arrived:September 1931
Departed:October 1931
Career:Little is known about this vessel, but she is mentioned in Essex Chronicle 8 May 1931:
s.s. PAKAAR earned a great deal of notoriety among its neighbouring floating population both through the seeming inability of its anchor to hold firm during windy days, and the queen habits of its crew of Chinese and Lascars. These men, who were not allowed to go ashore but who had to repaint the vessel, refused all meat which they did not kill themselves, so live pigs and sheep had to be taken out to them in small boats.

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