This (probably) takes the record as the newest ship to come into the anchorage having been delivered from Swan Hunter in 1976 and put directly into lay up here in the Blackwater for about three weeks. She was also the only gas tanker to use the anchorage.
The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Above: Onboard GANDARA in the Blackwater. Date: 1976. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection
Above: GANDARA laid up in River Blackwater.
Rick Hogben Collection from SSBR Archive BT/53/1 Date: 15 May 1976. Source: Mersea Museum / SSBR
Above: GANDARA laid up in River Blackwater
Rick Hogben Collection from SSBR Archive BT/53/7 Date: 16 May 1976. Source: Mersea Museum / SSBR