Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ORANGE RIVER
Arrived:30 December 1931
Departed:9 December 1933
Career:1934 renamed GAROUFALIA. She was torpedoed 11 December 1939.
Arrival date January 1932 from Essex Record Office document DF 106/1/10/12 T&MNOFC Record of Ships Moored on Fishery 1930-33 - it says "Not on Fishery".
Oyster Company records: Arrival date not recorded, first entry 9 January 1932 'Attendance'.

Voyage Record Card gives arrival 30 December 1931 from Antwerp and departure 9 December 1933 for Hull.

"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel but has no further info. See DJG_SHP

Tonnage:4,708 gross
Built:1914
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Houlder Bros
Official No:135903
ID1135903

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.

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

View from Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126372.

The prominent vessel on the left is Houlder Bros and probably SAGAMA RIVER or ORANGE RIVER. The distant vessel further left is similar. Date: c1930.

Above:  View from Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126372. The prominent vessel on the left is Houlder Bros and probably SAGAMA RIVER or ORANGE RIVER. The distant vessel further left is similar. Date: c1930.
Source: Ron Green Collection


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