Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      CARNARVONSHIRE
Arrived:c1930
Departed:Before 1 January 1931
Career:A puzzle. Thought to be CARNARVONSHIRE ON 132049, CARDIGANSHIRE (9,426 grt, built 1913, ON 132045) or CARMARTHENSHIRE (7,823 grt, built 1915, ON 136347). The only evidence found so far is the photograph in the background of a postcard of Bradwell, taken before 1935. However, there is no mention of these ships in the Oyster Company ledger which begins 1 January 1931.
VRC checked so far do NOT show her visiting the Blackwater:
The Voyage Record Cards for CARNARVONSHIRE 1 October 1927 to 26 Feb 1936 and end with 'Sold to Japan'.
VRC for CARMARTHENSHIRE are 26 Oct 1927 to 30 Mar 1929 and note name changed to SOURABAYA.
VRC for CARDIGANSHIRE are 16 Oct 1927 to 8 May 1929 and note the name was changed to SALVESTRIA.
CARDIGANSHIRE and CARMARTHENSHIRE were sold 1929 and converted to whale factory ships.
CARNARVONSHIRE was acquired by Glen Line 1933 after the collapse of Royal Mail Line. She was sold for scrap 1935 and broken up Osaka 26 February 1936
Built:1914
Type:Passenger cargo
Owner:Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.
Official No:132049
ID1132049

Believed to be CARNARVONSHIRE - part of a postcard of Bradwell on Sea.

Above:  Believed to be CARNARVONSHIRE - part of a postcard of Bradwell on Sea.
Source: Ron Green Collection

Barge BLACKWATER at Bradwell, 1935 or earlier. Date: Before 1935.

Above:  Barge BLACKWATER at Bradwell, 1935 or earlier. Date: Before 1935.
Source: Ron Green Collection


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