Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Ship:      CANONESA
Arrived:c9 May 1928
Departed:c22 December 1928
Arrived 2:1 February 1931
Departed 2:22 February 1931
Arrived 3:18 June 1931
Departed 3:c11 February 1932
Arrived 4:29 June 1934
Departed 4:After 29 June 1934
Career:Completed by Workman Clark, Belfast, 1920 and owned by Houlder Brothers. She was in convoy HX-72 and was sunk 21 September 1940 by U100 (Joachim Schepke) position 54.55N, 18.25W, with the loss of 1 life.
Voyage Record Card [VRC_046] gives 21 April 1928 Antwerp, 9 May 1928 laid up [location not clear], 24 December 1928 Southampton.
VRC_047 1 February 1931 Tollesbury. 22 February 1931 Tollesbury and London.
18 June 1931 Tollesbury 12 February 1932 London.
VRC_049 29 June 1934 R. Blackwater. We do not have the next card. This visit is not mentioned in the Oyster Company ledger.
Oyster Company ledger has 1 February 1931 Arrived. Tug used.
22 February 1931 left fishery.
The ledger usually spells name as CANONESSA.

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

Tonnage:8,286 gross
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Houlder Bros
Official No:143660

CANONESA Off Tollesbury Pier Date: July 1928.

Above:  CANONESA Off Tollesbury Pier Date: July 1928.
Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection

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