Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      MOLIERE
Arrived:13 May 1930
Departed:c14 July 1930
Arrived 2:6 November 1930
Departed 2:c7 December 1930
Arrived 3:8 November 1931
Departed 3:c20 May 1932
Career:Renamed NELA-1933. Broken up Ghent November 1945.
Dates from Oyster Company ledger.
Essex Record Office document DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33 gives arrival date November 1931, but Oyster Company ledger has several entries before this date.

Voyage Record Card 137510 from 1930 to 1032 inclusive Arrived Tollesbury 13 May 1930 from River Tyne Passed (location unclear) 15 July 1930 for Cardiff Arrived Tollesbury 6 November 1930 from London to lay-up Passed The Lizard 8 December 1930 for Barry Arrived Tollesbury 8 November 1931 from Liverpool Passed Dover 21 May 1932 for Cardiff

Shields Daily News 21 Dec 1927 Lamport and Holt MOLIERE laid up at Southend
Dundee Courier of 16-05-30 passed North Foreland 13-05-30 from River Tyne (?) for River Blackwater
Dundee Courier 10 Oct 1930 MOLIERE arrived London 05-10-30 from Table Bay
Dundee Courier 14 Nov 1930 MOLIERE passed Southend 06-11-30 from London for Tollesbury
Dundee Courier of 12-12-30 MOLIERE arrived Barry 09-12-30 from Tollesbury
Aberdeen Press & Journal of 23-01-31 MOLIERE sailed Santos 21-01-31 for London
Daily Herald of 10-02-31 MOLIERE due London 10-02-31 from Buenos Aires
Dundee Courier 13-02-31 MOLIERE arrived London from Buenos Aires 10-02-31
Western Mail of 02-04-31 MOLIERE sailed Barry 31-03-31 for Buenos Aires
Aberdeen Press & Journal of 07-05-31 MOLIERE sailed La Plata 04-05-31 Dundee Courier of 12-06-31 MOLIERE arrived Le Havre 06-06-31 from Zarate ( Argentina)
Western Mail of 19-06-21 MOLIERE arrived Barry 18-06-31
Belfast News-Letter of 20-07-31 MOLIERE sailed Barry 19-07-31 for Table Bay
The Scotsman of 11-08-31 MOLIERE arrived Table Bay 10-08-31 from Barry
The Scotsman of 03-09-31 MOLIERE arrived Southampton 02-09-31 from Table Bay
Aberdeen Press & Journal of 07-09-31 MOLIERE arrived Liverpool 05-09-31 from Table Bay
Dundee Courier of 07-11-31 MOLIERE sailed Liverpool 05-11-31 for Tollesbury
Dundee Courier of 11-11-31 MOLIERE arrived Tollesbury 08-11-31
Western Morning News of 24-05-32 MOLIERE passed The Lizard westbound on 23-05-32
Yorkshire Post of 24-06-32 MOLIERE arrived Port Natal 23-06-32

"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel but has no further info. See DJG_SHP

Tonnage:7,206 gross
Built:1916
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Nelson Steam Navigation Company
Official No:137510
ID1137510

The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126360, not mailed.

Laid up ships L-R MEISSIONER (probably) - was in river from before 23 January 1931 to 22 July 1932

MOLIERE was in river 13 May 1930 to 15 Jul 1930, 6 Nov 1930 to 8 Dec 1930, and 8 Nov 1931 to 21 May 1932

HIGHLAND WARRIOR was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: c1932.

Above:  The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126360, not mailed. Laid up ships L-R MEISSIONER (probably) - was in river from before 23 January 1931 to 22 July 1932 MOLIERE was in river 13 May 1930 to 15 Jul 1930, 6 Nov 1930 to 8 Dec 1930, and 8 Nov 1931 to 21 May 1932 HIGHLAND WARRIOR was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: c1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury

The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126361.

Laid up ships - MOLIERE on the left was in river 13 Mar 1931 to 21 May 1932

HIGHLAND WARRIOR in the centre was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: Before 7 December 1932.

Above:  The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126361. Laid up ships - MOLIERE on the left was in river 13 Mar 1931 to 21 May 1932 HIGHLAND WARRIOR in the centre was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: Before 7 December 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Jenny Bibby Collection


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