Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      MARACAIBO
Arrived:30 May 1954
Departed:1 December 1954
Career:Built as GULFQUEEN. Renamed ARTEMIS-1944, MARACAIBO-47. Broken up Hamburg 4 December 1954.
Essex County Standard 4 June 1954 mentions that Greek oil tankers FILTRIC and MARACAIBO were laid up in the river.
Oyster Company ledger has first compensation paid 30 June 1954 for 4 weeks 3 days. Last payment 1 December 1954
Tonnage:6,796 gross
Built:1919
Type:Tanker
Owner:Panamena Petrolera
Official No:217775
ID2217775

Tankers laid up in River Blackwater. POLAR MAID on the right, arrived with a cargo of whale oil 26 May 1954 and stayed waiting for the value of the cargo to improve. She left 20 April 1955


The tanker in the foreground is thought to be the MARACAIBO, laid up in the Blackwater 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Date: cAugust 1954.

Above:  Tankers laid up in River Blackwater. POLAR MAID on the right, arrived with a cargo of whale oil 26 May 1954 and stayed waiting for the value of the cargo to improve. She left 20 April 1955 The tanker in the foreground is thought to be the MARACAIBO, laid up in the Blackwater 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Date: cAugust 1954.
Source: Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

Tankers laid up in River Blackwater. The tanker in the foreground is thought to be the MARACAIBO, laid up in the river 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Beyond is the POLAR MAID. Date: cAugust 1954.

Above:  Tankers laid up in River Blackwater. The tanker in the foreground is thought to be the MARACAIBO, laid up in the river 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Beyond is the POLAR MAID. Date: cAugust 1954.
Source: Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

Tanker laid up in River Blackwater. Thought to be the MARACAIBO which was laid up in the river 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Date: cAugust 1954.

Above:  Tanker laid up in River Blackwater. Thought to be the MARACAIBO which was laid up in the river 30 May 1954 to 1 December 1954. Date: cAugust 1954.
Source: Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley


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