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 Home is the Sailor

I cannot close this week without taking farewell of my old friend Charles Hewes of West Mersea, who died on Friday as he lived, quietly, working afloat in a boat in the creeks he loved so well, and where my snapshot shows him aboard his oyster smack.


Of few could it be said that he possessed few enemies and more friends, for it was impossible that he could have one ...
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Home is the Sailor
I cannot close this week without taking farewell of my old friend Charles Hewes of West Mersea, who died on Friday as he lived, quietly, working afloat in a boat in the creeks he loved so well, and where my snapshot shows him aboard his oyster smack.

Of few could it be said that he possessed few enemies and more friends, for it was impossible that he could have one of the former, and inevitable that he should have a host of the latter, natives and neighbours and visitors and yachtsmen alike.

He was of a nature composed wholly of geniality, good humour, good sense and a philosopher's contentment, in which there could be not trace of malice or any uncharitableness.

I think he came nearer to being a Christian that any man I know.

Author unknown, probably from Essex County Standard. David Mussett scrapbook 4 page 6.

Charlie Hewes was born 1876. He was married to Kate Elizabeth Rudlin. His grandson has a copy of his, death certificate, which says he died of a heart attack on a smack off Mersea.


Date: 17 January 1947      

Photo: Mersea Museum - David Mussett Collection
Image ID DM1_AB4_006_005
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This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.