Broken up Bari September 1933.
Arrival date January 1931 from Essex Record Office document DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33.
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 29 January 1931 tug used. [Vessel may have been in river since the ledger started 1 January 1931]
-16 June 1933 Putting crew aboard. Owner/agent Italian General Shipping.
-17 June 1933 Attendance. [Last entry in ledger for BENGUELA].
"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel but has no further info. See DJG_SHP
It is mentioned in law reports that BENGUELA and LONDON CORPORATION were in collision when they dragged anchors in the Blackwater, but there is no date. The damage to BENGUELA was never repaired, which is the substance of the law reports.
Voyage Record Cards at Guildhall Library record her arrival at Tollesbury 29 Jan 1931 from Hamburg after a voyage to South and West Africa. Departure from Tollesbury is not recorded but she arrived Hamburg 19 June 1933. She had been sold to breakers 31 May 1933 and was resold 10 October 1933.
Above: River Blackwater Tollesbury. Postcard not mailed.
L to R ?, ?, CITY OF GUILDFORD, BENGUELA, HIGHLAND ROVER. Date: 1930s. Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury
Above: Ships in the River Blackwater, taken from Bradwell.
The vessel on the right is BENGUELA, broken up September 1933.
There are two Houlder Bros vessels in the picture - they look identical. One is possibly the ORANGE RIVER, which was laid up in the Blackwater December 1932 [T&M Oyster Company records] Date: Before September 1933. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection