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 The smack NELLIE in 1934


From John Collins Colchester Registers:

CK279 NELLIE 9.60grt cutter. 33.7'x10.0'x5.0'. 25' keel. C1888 [ by Walter Cook, from the history of NELLIE on National Register of Historic Ships ] at Maldon. 3/2/1920 Owned by George Arthur Vince (master), West Mersea. 25/5/1939 Yacht.

CK44 NELLIE 8.07grt 21/11/1939 Number allocated. Owned by Herbert Vincent ...
Cat1 Smacks and Bawleys

The smack NELLIE in 1934

From John Collins Colchester Registers:
CK279 NELLIE 9.60grt cutter. 33.7'x10.0'x5.0'. 25' keel. C1888 [ by Walter Cook, from the history of NELLIE on National Register of Historic Ships ] at Maldon. 3/2/1920 Owned by George Arthur Vince (master), West Mersea. 25/5/1939 Yacht.
CK44 NELLIE 8.07grt 21/11/1939 Number allocated. Owned by Herbert Vincent Winch, Colchester worked from West Mersea. 5/10/1946 To Geoffrey George Cook (master) of Chelmsford, worked from West Mersea. 5/10/1946 To Maldon.

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 ].
From the registration details above we can see that the family kept the smack until October 1946.
See more on Herbert Vincent Winch: PMS_HVW_001


Date: 1934      

Photo: Ron Green Collection
Image ID RG27_007
Category 1 Smacks and Bawleys


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This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.