Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      SILVERPINE
Arrived:7 July 1932
Departed:16 August 1934
Career:5 Dec 1940 Sunk by enemy action 54.14N/18.08W
Cedric Gurton, a Tollesbury resident, as a young boy before the War, used to do deliveries to the ships with the local butcher. He can remember the SILVERPINE as being the second boat in from the outer end of the anchorage.
Dates from Oyster Company ledger.

Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette of 6 Aug 1932 reported SILVERPINE arrived River Blackwater 07-07-32
Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette 22 Aug 1934 reported arrival of SILVERPINE from River Blackwater off River Wear and subsequent incident of ship blown 8 miles out to sea because of bad weather and engine trouble.
Shields Daily News 22 Aug 1934 SILVERPINE arrived River Wear 21-08-34 from River Blackwater

Tonnage:5,122 gross
Built:1924
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:S & J Thompson
Official No:147671
ID1147671

Smacks beating over the tide in the River Blackwater. Date: 1930s.

Above:  Smacks beating over the tide in the River Blackwater. Date: 1930s.
Source: John Leather Collection / Douglas Went

SILVERPINE in the River Blackwater - part of a larger photograph

Above:  SILVERPINE in the River Blackwater - part of a larger photograph
Source: Mersea Museum / Douglas Went


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