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The smack NELLIE in 1934
From John Collins Colchester Registers:
Herbert Vincent Winch who owned the NELLIE from 1939 was always known as Vincent. He registered her as a fishing boat, CK44, but it is not known if he just sailed her or worked as a fisherman. After the outbreak of WW2, Vincent went into the RAF as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner. He left a very poignant letter with his sister Lillian, "to be opened in case of my death." In it he said that they should not sell the NELLIE' but let her lie in case other family members would want to use her. He died 28 August 1942, just over 7 months after the date of the letter, and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany [ Pauline Winch ].
Photo: Ron Green Collection
Image ID RG27_007
Category 1 Smacks and Bawleys
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.