Last resting place of barges OXYGEN (on the left) and SCOTIA. Photograph from Heybridge sea wall looking across to Maldon. Laid up steam tug BRENT in the distance, also STARWAY and behind her GEORGE SMEED.
OXYGEN O.N. 104329 built Rochester 1895. 1916 owned by James H. Chaplin, Brightlingsea.
SCOTIA O.N. 110198 was built of steel by Fay & Co of Southampton for E.J.& W. Goldsmith of Grays, Essex in 1899.
BRENT built 1946, 54 tons gross, formerly owned by Port of London Authority.
More on SCOTIA
William Potter was master of SCOTIA on Census night 1901. [Email from Bryan Potter August 2010]
21st December 1905 she came in to Heybridge Basin Nr. Maldon with
120 tons of gas/coals consigned to Browns of Chemsford. The master's name was George Potter. She locked out of the basin on the 23rd [RG]
Albert Staggs was Master of the SCOTIA Sometime between 1914 and 1920. [Email from Anne Freeman 17 June 2012]
More on OXYGEN
Comment from Jack Winch 16 April 2012:
My great-grandfather, Henry Thomas Winch (1849-99) was the first master of 'OXYGEN'. The information I have is as follows: OXYGEN (reg.no. 104329) a topsail coasting barge of 69 tons, built 1895 by Gill & Son of Rochester. She was an unusual vessel, built to the order of Messrs. Burt, Boulton & Haywood, for carrying coal tar, etc. in bulk. To this end, large steel tanks were a permanent fixture in her hold. Her maiden voyage was on 3 January 1896 from Rochester to London; master as new was Henry Winch of High Street, Queenborough, who had transferred from the same owners' CARBON. It would appear that OXYGEN generally traded as per Crew Agreement List between Ramsgate, Colchester, Rochester and London. However, her owners must have had long distance coasting in mind as they applied for, and received, a certficate that the vessel would always maintain a freeboard of 10.5 inches when laden. She did, indeed, sail on 26 August 1896 from London, arriving Dieppe 28 August. Sailed from Dieppe 4 September, arriving Rochester 7 September 1896. Although the owners were, in fact, a London-based company they chose to register OXYGEN at Rochester. Circa 1912, the barge was sold to other owners who had her tanks removed.
Date: 23 August 2010
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.