ID TXA00350

TitleTony Stacey photograph collection
AbstractTony Stacey was a Mersea resident and a ship photographer. He died c1995 and his collection of 11,000 slides was passed to the World Ship Society.
Tony travelled widely photographing ships but also watched the local scene and we are featuring a selection of photographs from the River Blackwater and from the River Colne in the last years of it being an active port.
Almost all these photographs are also on www.shipspotting.com - along with other examples of Tony's work.
Thank you to Derek Sands of the World Ship Society for scanning Tony's slides and for allowing us to use them in this way.
KeywordsAnthony Stacey
Published20 February 2010
SourceMersea Museum / World Ship Society
IDTXA00350
Related Images:
 MOUNT DIRFYS laid up in the River Blackwater. While in the river she was sold, and sailed 18 May 1983 as ULTIMA.  SHP_STC_550
ImageID:   SHP_STC_550
Title: MOUNT DIRFYS laid up in the River Blackwater. While in the river she was sold, and sailed 18 May 1983 as ULTIMA.
Date:cMarch 1983
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 CONTENDER BEZANT laid up in the River Blackwater. Photo by the late Tony Stacey of Mersea.
 Originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated CONTENDER BEZANT, a combination freight, roll on and roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship. She was one of the ships taken up from trade by the MoD for use in the 1982 Falklands War. 
1984-88 converted to aviation training ship for the Royal Navy. 
Renamed ARGUS. Pennant No. A135  SHP_STC_558
ImageID:   SHP_STC_558
Title: CONTENDER BEZANT laid up in the River Blackwater. Photo by the late Tony Stacey of Mersea.
Originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated CONTENDER BEZANT, a combination freight, roll on and roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship. She was one of the ships taken up from trade by the MoD for use in the 1982 Falklands War. 1984-88 converted to aviation training ship for the Royal Navy. Renamed ARGUS. Pennant No. A135
Date:c1984
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 JENNIFER leaving Rowhedge Wharf, River Colne. Built 1966 Seitas, Hamburg, 499 tons gross. IMO No. 6616887.
Capsized and lost near Masirah 17 May 2000.  SHP_STC_596
ImageID:   SHP_STC_596
Title: JENNIFER leaving Rowhedge Wharf, River Colne. Built 1966 Seitas, Hamburg, 499 tons gross. IMO No. 6616887. Capsized and lost near Masirah 17 May 2000.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 HOOP passing Rowhedge after sailing from Colchester.
 Built 1957 460 grt. Ex HOOPRIDE. IMO No. 5226738.  SHP_STC_598
ImageID:   SHP_STC_598
Title: HOOP passing Rowhedge after sailing from Colchester.
Built 1957 460 grt. Ex HOOPRIDE. IMO No. 5226738.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 ERLENHAIN at Rowhedge. Built 1968 IMO No. 6804551.  SHP_STC_600
ImageID:   SHP_STC_600
Title: ERLENHAIN at Rowhedge. Built 1968 IMO No. 6804551.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 GILLATION at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Built 1964 by London and Rochester Trading, at Strood.  SHP_STC_602
ImageID:   SHP_STC_602
Title: GILLATION at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Built 1964 by London and Rochester Trading, at Strood.
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 ANDESCOL at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Built 1961 Hoogezand. Registered Colchester. In London & Rochester colours.  SHP_STC_604
ImageID:   SHP_STC_604
Title: ANDESCOL at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Built 1961 Hoogezand. Registered Colchester. In London & Rochester colours.
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 AREND at Rowhedge. IMO No. 6620864  SHP_STC_606
ImageID:   SHP_STC_606
Title: AREND at Rowhedge. IMO No. 6620864
Date:1986
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 BANDICK loading grain at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Beyond her, extreme left, is the COLNE DREDGER.  SHP_STC_608
ImageID:   SHP_STC_608
Title: BANDICK loading grain at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. Beyond her, extreme left, is the COLNE DREDGER.
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 TRILBY (left) and BRANDRAM at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s.
 TRILBY was built Rochester in 1896 as a sailing barge. Official No. 106527. Like several of the barges on war service she was in a bad state at the end of the war and was rebuilt and enlarged. She was one of the last 
ex sailing barges to remain in trade.
 Sailing Barge Compendium records that TRILBY ceased trade in 1980; housebarge Weybridge, derelict 1995 at Watermans Park, Brentford.
 BRANDRAM was built 1915 as X Lighter X.67. In 1955 she was acquired by Bowker & King.
  <b>Comment December 2010, no source given:</b>
 TRILBY was owned by Sully freight.
  <b>Comment 29 April 2012 by John Squires:</b>
 I can remember when I was a deckhand on the TRILBY, sleeping up the forehead end. The skipper was a man called Bob but I cannot remember his surname. We used to trade up and down the Thames taking Ammunition, Cement, and everything else round to Ipswich ( Paul's mills ) or to Harwich to unload the ammunition. We regularly used to moor up at Gravesend Reach and scull across to a pub called the Ship and Lobster, or if we were in Sheerness to a pub called the Rose. It was a hard life but a very good learning curve.
  <b>Comment by Mark Koenick 5 August 2012</b>
 I worked for Sully freight for about 5 years one of my skippers a man called Eric Goodall worked on the TRILBY having spent his entire working life with Sully Freight, who were a great company and treated there crews very fairly. We were paid a percentage of the value of the cargo, happy days, it all finished with the construction of the Euro Tunnel.
  <b>Comment added 7 November 2012:</b>
 Last skipper of the TRILBY was Bob Wells who lived on board for years. Barge is now a wreck in Brentford Creek with trees and bushes growing out of it.  SHP_STC_610
ImageID:   SHP_STC_610
Title: TRILBY (left) and BRANDRAM at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s.
TRILBY was built Rochester in 1896 as a sailing barge. Official No. 106527. Like several of the barges on war service she was in a bad state at the end of the war and was rebuilt and enlarged. She was one of the last ex sailing barges to remain in trade.
Sailing Barge Compendium records that TRILBY ceased trade in 1980; housebarge Weybridge, derelict 1995 at Watermans Park, Brentford.
BRANDRAM was built 1915 as X Lighter X.67. In 1955 she was acquired by Bowker & King.

Comment December 2010, no source given:
TRILBY was owned by Sully freight.

Comment 29 April 2012 by John Squires:
I can remember when I was a deckhand on the TRILBY, sleeping up the forehead end. The skipper was a man called Bob but I cannot remember his surname. We used to trade up and down the Thames taking Ammunition, Cement, and everything else round to Ipswich ( Paul's mills ) or to Harwich to unload the ammunition. We regularly used to moor up at Gravesend Reach and scull across to a pub called the Ship and Lobster, or if we were in Sheerness to a pub called the Rose. It was a hard life but a very good learning curve.

Comment by Mark Koenick 5 August 2012
I worked for Sully freight for about 5 years one of my skippers a man called Eric Goodall worked on the TRILBY having spent his entire working life with Sully Freight, who were a great company and treated there crews very fairly. We were paid a percentage of the value of the cargo, happy days, it all finished with the construction of the Euro Tunnel.

Comment added 7 November 2012:
Last skipper of the TRILBY was Bob Wells who lived on board for years. Barge is now a wreck in Brentford Creek with trees and bushes growing out of it.
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 CAROLINE at Rowhedge on the River Colne. Date not known. IMO No. 5102889.  SHP_STC_612
ImageID:   SHP_STC_612
Title: CAROLINE at Rowhedge on the River Colne. Date not known. IMO No. 5102889.
Date:c1980
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 GERSOM passing Rowhedge. IMO No. 7819814. Built 1979 575 grt.  SHP_STC_614
ImageID:   SHP_STC_614
Title: GERSOM passing Rowhedge. IMO No. 7819814. Built 1979 575 grt.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 GRUNDARFOSS at Rowhedge. IMO No. 7128473. Built 1971 499 tons gross.  SHP_STC_616
ImageID:   SHP_STC_616
Title: GRUNDARFOSS at Rowhedge. IMO No. 7128473. Built 1971 499 tons gross.
Date:1988
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 HOOFINCH passing Rowhedge after sailing from Colchester. Built 1964, 322 grt.  SHP_STC_618
ImageID:   SHP_STC_618
Title: HOOFINCH passing Rowhedge after sailing from Colchester. Built 1964, 322 grt.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 IRENE VI at Wivenhoe. IMO No. 5414309, built 1963, 497 grt.
  <b>Comment Jan 2011 by BerndU:</b>
 Built as Visurgis, Yard number 338, 
at Elsflether Werft AG,Germany. Launch 08.06.1963  SHP_STC_620
ImageID:   SHP_STC_620
Title: IRENE VI at Wivenhoe. IMO No. 5414309, built 1963, 497 grt.

Comment Jan 2011 by BerndU:
Built as Visurgis, Yard number 338, at Elsflether Werft AG,Germany. Launch 08.06.1963
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 LINDHOLM at Wivenhoe. IMO No. 6208944 built 1952, 298 grt.  SHP_STC_622
ImageID:   SHP_STC_622
Title: LINDHOLM at Wivenhoe. IMO No. 6208944 built 1952, 298 grt.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 LODELLA at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. IMO No. 7039555, built 1970 and owned by London & Rochester Trading Company. The barge astern is thought to be MALONEY.
  <b>Comment January 2011 from Tony Kitchen:</b>
 I was a third hand on the LODELLA many years ago been afloat a couple of years when I took a berth quite a nice little barge diff to the Old Bastion I was on before that. Crewed on STARGATE, ELLOQUENCE, ROGUL, as Mate.  SHP_STC_624
ImageID:   SHP_STC_624
Title: LODELLA at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. IMO No. 7039555, built 1970 and owned by London & Rochester Trading Company. The barge astern is thought to be MALONEY.

Comment January 2011 from Tony Kitchen:
I was a third hand on the LODELLA many years ago been afloat a couple of years when I took a berth quite a nice little barge diff to the Old Bastion I was on before that. Crewed on STARGATE, ELLOQUENCE, ROGUL, as Mate.
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 MAGUDA at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. IMO 5217232, built 1959 Hoogezand, 220 tons gross. 
 When Francis & Gilders of Colchester, London & Rochester Trading Co. and Daniels of Whitstable amalgamated, they had this barge built in Holland 
and named her after the bosses of the three firms. MA = Maurice Gill 
(LRTCo), GU Guy Clarabutt (Daniels) and DA David Clarabutt (F&G). [RG]  SHP_STC_626
ImageID:   SHP_STC_626
Title: MAGUDA at Colchester Hythe in the 1970s. IMO 5217232, built 1959 Hoogezand, 220 tons gross.
When Francis & Gilders of Colchester, London & Rochester Trading Co. and Daniels of Whitstable amalgamated, they had this barge built in Holland and named her after the bosses of the three firms. MA = Maurice Gill (LRTCo), GU Guy Clarabutt (Daniels) and DA David Clarabutt (F&G). [RG]
Date:c1975
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 MARIA at Rowhedge on the Colne. IMO 8200151, built 1983, 818 tons gross. Date unknown.  SHP_STC_628
ImageID:   SHP_STC_628
Title: MARIA at Rowhedge on the Colne. IMO 8200151, built 1983, 818 tons gross. Date unknown.
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 MARY WESTON at Colchester Hythe, date unknown. IMO No. 7328138.  SHP_STC_630
ImageID:   SHP_STC_630
Title: MARY WESTON at Colchester Hythe, date unknown. IMO No. 7328138.
Date:c1980
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 A nice scene from the days when Wivenhoe and Rowhedge were busy ports. Colne tugs PEP and AJAY, with the coaster TEESLAND arriving with timber and VANGUARD berthed at Wivenhoe. Date unknown.
 TEESLAND built 1967, 499grt.  SHP_STC_632
ImageID:   SHP_STC_632
Title: A nice scene from the days when Wivenhoe and Rowhedge were busy ports. Colne tugs PEP and AJAY, with the coaster TEESLAND arriving with timber and VANGUARD berthed at Wivenhoe. Date unknown.
TEESLAND built 1967, 499grt.
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 PIA at Colchester, date unknown. IMO 5108845 built 1950 Sietas as ESTE. Named PIA 1976 to 1983.  SHP_STC_633
ImageID:   SHP_STC_633
Title: PIA at Colchester, date unknown. IMO 5108845 built 1950 Sietas as ESTE. Named PIA 1976 to 1983.
Date:c1980
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 POLYTHENE at Colchester, date unknown. Built 1949 Goole Shipbuilding for ICI. 330 grt., Official No. 183740.  SHP_STC_636
ImageID:   SHP_STC_636
Title: POLYTHENE at Colchester, date unknown. Built 1949 Goole Shipbuilding for ICI. 330 grt., Official No. 183740.
Date:c1980
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 RITA DOLLING approaching Rowhedge after leaving Colchester. IMO 5148998 built 1950, 349 grt.  SHP_STC_638
ImageID:   SHP_STC_638
Title: RITA DOLLING approaching Rowhedge after leaving Colchester. IMO 5148998 built 1950, 349 grt.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 SEMLOW at Rowhedge in the 1980s. IMO 7102235 built 1971, 299 grt.  SHP_STC_640
ImageID:   SHP_STC_640
Title: SEMLOW at Rowhedge in the 1980s. IMO 7102235 built 1971, 299 grt.
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 VANGUARD gives METTE CLIPPER a nudge at Rowhedge Wharf, River Colne.
 VANGUARD IMO 7035016, built 1969, 399 tons gross.
 METTE CLIPPER IMO 7707487, built 1977 1,190 tons gross.  SHP_STC_642
ImageID:   SHP_STC_642
Title: VANGUARD gives METTE CLIPPER a nudge at Rowhedge Wharf, River Colne.
VANGUARD IMO 7035016, built 1969, 399 tons gross.
METTE CLIPPER IMO 7707487, built 1977 1,190 tons gross.
Date:1985
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 VERALIL at Colchester Hythe in the 1980s. IMO 7321453 built 1973 299 tons gross. Renamed ERRIA 1983.
 24 Jul 2010 Jens Peter Nielsen wrote:
 This was my first assignment as Mate. It is exactly 30 years ago this summer.
 We made trip Sweden - Saudi Arabia - Italy - Norway
 Navigation equitment: Sextant, Radio sounder , magnetic compass with autopilot, Echosounder and a headup radar. No Decca or the like.  SHP_STC_644
ImageID:   SHP_STC_644
Title: VERALIL at Colchester Hythe in the 1980s. IMO 7321453 built 1973 299 tons gross. Renamed ERRIA 1983.
24 Jul 2010 Jens Peter Nielsen wrote:
This was my first assignment as Mate. It is exactly 30 years ago this summer.
We made trip Sweden - Saudi Arabia - Italy - Norway
Navigation equitment: Sextant, Radio sounder , magnetic compass with autopilot, Echosounder and a headup radar. No Decca or the like.
Date:c1981
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection
 WALL BROOK at Colchester Hythe, gasworks quay, date unknown. Built 1940, 244 tons gross. Sunk as a target off Wainfleet after March 1999.  SHP_STC_646
ImageID:   SHP_STC_646
Title: WALL BROOK at Colchester Hythe, gasworks quay, date unknown. Built 1940, 244 tons gross. Sunk as a target off Wainfleet after March 1999.
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Stacey Collection