Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ROMAN STAR
Arrived:4 August 1930
Departed:21 October 1930
Career:Built as RAKAIA for New Zealand Shipping Company. Renamed BRODMEAD-1915, ROMANSTAR-1920, ROMAN STAR-1929. Broken up Savona 29 Sep 1934

Dates from George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List.

Tonnage:5,628 gross
Built:1895
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Blue Star Line
Official No:105262
ID1105262

A Pretty Spot, Bradwell Quay. Postcard 122864.

Prominent on the left is the Shaw Savill TAIROA or PAKEHA and on the right is Lamport & Holt's VOLTAIRE. Behind the TAIROA is SUTHERLAND GRANGE, and far right is a Blue Star vessel, thought to be ROMAN STAR.

VOLTAIRE was in the River October 1930 to May 1932. Date: cOctober 1930.

Above:  A Pretty Spot, Bradwell Quay. Postcard 122864. Prominent on the left is the Shaw Savill TAIROA or PAKEHA and on the right is Lamport & Holt's VOLTAIRE. Behind the TAIROA is SUTHERLAND GRANGE, and far right is a Blue Star vessel, thought to be ROMAN STAR. VOLTAIRE was in the River October 1930 to May 1932. Date: cOctober 1930.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed.

Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1. not known, 2. ROMAN STAR (4 Aug 1930 to 21 Oct 1930), 3. SUTHERLAND GRANGE (5 Oct 1930 to 7 Dec 1930) 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930) ( or possibly TAIROA ), 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.

Above:  Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed. Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1. not known, 2. ROMAN STAR (4 Aug 1930 to 21 Oct 1930), 3. SUTHERLAND GRANGE (5 Oct 1930 to 7 Dec 1930) 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930) ( or possibly TAIROA ), 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury


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