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Smack 349CK SYBIL on the Hard at West Mersea. Photo 105192.
Built Aldous, Brightlingsea, 1901 for Charles Chatters. 27 June 1932 sold to Edwin Chatters, John Chatters & Percy Arthur Chatters (master). 15 April 1948 No longer fishing and 1949 sold as yacht. She still existed in 1998 as yacht SYBIL.
</p> <p> As SYBIL OF WIVENHOE she is on the National Register of Historic Ships <a href=https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/3596/sybil-wivenhoe target=nrs>www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk</a>
</p><p>Photograph sent to the Museum September 2020. Donor unknown!
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West Mersea School - chick rearing. Connie Smith, Joan Mole, Eva Harmer - Eleanor Geddes c1930. Photo: Rose and Len Harvey Collection
High Street, West Mersea. Another copy of this card was posted September 1914 Before September 1914.
Fowler VF crawler tractor and an Allis Chalmers All-crop 60, an early combine harvester. It belonged to Victor Gray, New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough.
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Bernard sent the photograph to Old Tractor Magazine, Sept 2005, with the caption:
Following a very wet harvest in 1958, an attempt was made to gather in the crop at New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough, in Cotober using an Allis-Chalmers All-Crop 60 combine pulled by a Fower VF crawler. Bernard tells us that it was so soft that a sledge had to be made to set the combine on. Note the spade, which was used to dig out the mud so that the starting handle could be inserted, and the fuse-holder laying on the left-hand track.
</p> October 1958. Photo: Bernard Ratcliffe
Early bus, taxi and charabanc outside the White Hart in Mersea. The landlord is A.H. Went - Arthur Went was landlord from 1895 to about 1931. 
The card was addressed My Dear Mildred and continues: 

Many thanks for your P.O. and also your letter. I am just about to pack up your Plimsoles. No news only we are still very busy. Heaps of love from all, Mother.
PS Madge has gone to Frinton with Aunt Emma ... Mrs Spatchat ...
[Mildred Went is in the 1901 census living at the White Hart, born about 1892. Arthur Went had a sister Emma, born c1860. Mother would be Arthur's wife Emilie born c1866]
</p><p>Another photograph taken the same time was posted 1914.</p> c1914. Photo: Vivian D'Wit
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