Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      CANONESA
Arrived:17 April 1929
Departed:2 February 1930
Arrived 2:1 February 1931
Departed 2:27 February 1931
Arrived 3:18 June 1931
Departed 3:12 February 1932
Arrived 4:29 June 1934
Departed 4:3 January 1935
Career:Completed by Workman Clark, Belfast, 1920 and owned by Houlder Brothers. She was in convoy HX-72 and was sunk 21 September 1940 by U100 (Joachim Schepke) position 54.55N, 18.25W, with the loss of 1 life.
Voyage Record Card [VRC_046] gives 17 April 1929 Tollesbury, 2 Feb 1930 Tollesbury, London.
VRC_047 1 February 1931 Tollesbury. 22 February 1931 Tollesbury and London.
18 June 1931 Tollesbury 12 February 1932 London.
VRC_049 29 June 1934 R. Blackwater. We do not have the next card. This visit is not mentioned in the Oyster Company ledger.
Oyster Company ledger has 1 February 1931 Arrived. Tug used.
22 February 1931 left fishery.
The ledger usually spells name as CANONESSA.

George Swieszkowski (Lloyds List) Arr 17 Apr 1929, dep 2 Feb 1930, arr 1 Feb 1931, dep 27 Feb 1931, arr 18 Jun 1931, dep 12 Feb 1932, arr 29 Jun 1934, dep 3 Jan 1935.

"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel as CANONESSA but has no further info. See DJG_SHP

Tonnage:8,286 gross
Built:1920
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Houlder Bros
Official No:143660
ID1143660

CANONESA Off Tollesbury Pier Date: July 1928.

Above:  CANONESA Off Tollesbury Pier Date: July 1928.
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection

CANONESA off Tollesbury. She arrived from London to lay up 29 June 1934. Date: After 29 June 1934.

Above:  CANONESA off Tollesbury. She arrived from London to lay up 29 June 1934. Date: After 29 June 1934.
Source: Mersea Museum


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