Stackie barge WILLIAM AND ARTHUR and the Danish HECLA in Heybridge Basin. In the lock is the Danish NATHALIA. The HECLA has 222 tons of deals and the NATHALIA 229 tons of deals for Browns at Chelmsford.
WILLIAM & ARTHUR was registered Maldon, built Sittingbourne 1869, Official No. 62777. Owned by James W. Keeble, Maldon.
June 2014 Ron Green wrote the following for Maldon and Heybridge Life:
OLD DAYS AT HEYBRIDGE BASIN
The postcard I have chosen this month was published by J Reynolds, High
Street, Maldon and shows a very busy scene taken on 7th September 1911
with the Danish barquentine HEKLA in the basin loaded with 220 tons of
deals (Softwood) consigned to Browns of Chelmsford. This will be
offloaded into small lighters as seen in the foreground and drawn by
horse along the canal all the way to Browns yard at Chelmsford.
Coming in through the lock is another Danish square rigged vessel
NATHALIA with a slightly larger freight of 229 tons of deals also for
Browns. Her squaresails can be seen behind the haybarge.
A group of people have lines attached to the ship and are helping her
through. I understand it was a tradition for all available men, women
and children to join in.
The haybarge (Stackie) is the WILLIAM & ARTHUR. She was owned by James
Keeble of Maldon and is waiting to lock out and be on her way to deliver
her stack in London as feed for the many horses working there at that time.
Date: 7 September 1911
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.