Everard's SEDULITY unloading coal at Colchester Gas Works. A photograph taken from the top of the gasometer by Colin Hoare, who was Mate on her at the time.
Photograph via Mike Bird who was also on SEDULITY at the time. He says:
"The Master when I was there was called Eric Farthing and he lived at Greenhithe.
"We were on a regular run from Goole to Colchester and always managed to arrive on Friday night/Saturday morning for Mondays work. If Colchester United won we were finished on the Monday and sailed, but if they lost, the dockers were depressed and the discharge went into Tuesday, this allowed us to attend Colchester Folk Club in the Recreation Inn (?), suffice it to say I learnt a lot of folk songs!
After SEDULITY was sold to the Greeks I joined another Everard ship THE DUCHESS for a while, she also kept the gas works supplied but after a short time I left to see a bit more of the world and by the time I re-visited Colchester a decade later, we were all on North Sea Gas and the gas works was closed.
More from Mike Bird:
The SEDULITY was almost continually on the Colchester run although we did once go to Norwich, which was quite an experience and also a one off to Dean Quarry, near the Lizard which was even more of an adventure, as you just loaded under the cliff on a makeshift jetty made from old concrete barges, it was quite hairy in a big swell.
THE DUCHESS was often on the Colchester run but also did other cargoes and for a while we were operating Everard's liner service from Felixstowe to Rotterdam with general cargo. We were a consort, on that service, to the sister ship CAPACITY, which were both built at Faversham.
We carried hundreds of Ferguson tractors new and 2nd hand as well as used caravans, doing 5 loads a week - 3 one way & two the other having alternate weekends in Felixstowe and Rotterdam.