Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      PAKEHA
Arrived:11 June 1930
Departed:21 October 1930
Career:1939 sold to Admiralty, camouflaged as HMS REVENGE. 1941 renamed EMPIRE PAKEHA. 1946 repurchased by Shaw Savill and chartered to Ministry of Food, used as a cold store. 1950 scrapped Briton Ferry.
Not listed in the Oyster Company ledger which begins 1 January 1931.

Voyage Record Card gives arrival off Tollesbury 11 June 1930 and departure 21 October 1930 for Middlesborough.

Essex Chronicle 31 Oct 1930 Richard Mark Ayres, steamship captain, was summoned for bringing to the River Blackwater sheep from France without a license. PC Pink spoke to visiting the ship in the port of Maldon. On board he found two sheep in a pen on the deck. The defendant said he had come from Dunkirk and the sheep were food for the Lascar crew.
The crew of 79 had to kill the sheep under a particular religious ceremony and they would not touch meat otherwise and there would be danger of a mutiny.
Fine of £1.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail of 22 Oct 1930 reported PAKEHA arrived River Tees today.

Tonnage:7,899 gross
Built:1910
Type:Passenger cargo
Owner:Shaw Savill & Albion
Official No:131759
ID1131759

PAKEHA

Above:  PAKEHA
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection

Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed.

Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1 to 3 not known, 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930, 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.

Above:  Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed. Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1 to 3 not known, 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930, 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury


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