Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      HIGHLAND WARRIOR
Arrived:c1921
Departed:c1922
Arrived 2:10 April 1930
Departed 2:11 January 1931
Arrived 3:22 April 1931
Departed 3:7 December 1932
Career:HIGHLAND WARRIOR (II) was added to the Nelson Line fleet in 1920. A "G" class standard ship [22 ships "G" class were built, all but one completed after the War]. The only turbine ship to be owned by Nelson Line, the largest and fasted in the fleet with a speed on 14 knots [ but a letter in Sea Breezes Feb 1967 says she rarely did more than 12 knots Misc035/IA01_963.jpg ]. Her big deadweight of 10,450 tons and five holds with a large refrigerated capacity made her an excellent ship for her owners trade and she performed first-class service remaining in the fleet until its final absorption into Royal Mail [ Sea Breezes October 1966 ]

1933 sold to Royal Mail Lines, renamed NOGOYA [ Sea Breezes gives as NAGOYA ]
1936 sold Kaye & Co. renamed MARLENE
4 Apr 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.124
Dates from Oyster Company ledger:
She was already in the river at the start of the ledger in 1931.
- 11 January 1931 Left. No charge.
- 22 April 1931 swivel.
- etc.

Andrew Brooke's grandfather William Brooke was Master from 1921 until he died November 1924. Andrew's father visited the ship while she was laid up in the Blackwater, which means she visited the river in this period. Andrew has the following pointers to try and work out when this was:
1 Jun 1921 vessel was at Gravesend, probably on her way to Victoria Dock
23 Nov 1921 at Gravesend.
25 July 1922 discharging cargo at Newcastle (from Newcastle daily Echo)
8 September 1922 sailed from Gravesend
14 May 1923 at Gravesend for Victoria Dock
1 August 1923 arrived Buenos Aires

Dundee Courier 14 Apr 1930 reported HIGHLAND WARRIOR arrived River Blackwater 10-04-30
Hull Daily Mail 13 Jan 1931 reported HIGHLAND WARRIOR arrived Hull (King George Dock) from Tollesbury
Sunderland Daily Echo 10 Dec 1932 reported HIGHLAND WARRIOR arrived River Tyne 09-12-32 from River Blackwater

Tonnage:8,442 gross
Built:1920
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Nelson S.N. Company
Official No:144671
ID1144671

The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The extreme right hand ship is believed to be HIGHLAND WARRIOR Date: cAugust 1931.

Above:  The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The extreme right hand ship is believed to be HIGHLAND WARRIOR Date: cAugust 1931.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Part of a postcard of The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The vessels are believed to be a Blue Funnel liner (JASON or LAOMEDON ?), PORT CURTIS and HIGHLAND WARRIOR. Date: cAugust 1931.

Above:  Part of a postcard of The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The vessels are believed to be a Blue Funnel liner (JASON or LAOMEDON ?), PORT CURTIS and HIGHLAND WARRIOR. Date: cAugust 1931.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Ships in the River Blackwater Postcard 122858. The ship in the centre is believed to be HIGHLAND WARRIOR. Date: Before 7 December 1932.

Above:  Ships in the River Blackwater Postcard 122858. The ship in the centre is believed to be HIGHLAND WARRIOR. Date: Before 7 December 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Laid up ships off Tollesbury Pier, c1932. HIGHLAND WARRIOR is at the end of the pier. Part of a postcard, 126359. Date: c1932.

Above:  Laid up ships off Tollesbury Pier, c1932. HIGHLAND WARRIOR is at the end of the pier. Part of a postcard, 126359. Date: c1932.
Source: Mersea Museum

The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126357, mailed but date unreadable.

Laid up ships MOLIERE was in river 13 May 1930 to 15 Jul 1930, 6 Nov 1930 to 8 Dec 1930, and 8 Nov 1931 to 21 May 1932

HIGHLAND WARRIOR was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: c1932.

Above:  The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126357, mailed but date unreadable. Laid up ships MOLIERE was in river 13 May 1930 to 15 Jul 1930, 6 Nov 1930 to 8 Dec 1930, and 8 Nov 1931 to 21 May 1932 HIGHLAND WARRIOR was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: c1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury

The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126361.

Laid up ships - MOLIERE on the left was in river 13 Mar 1931 to 21 May 1932

HIGHLAND WARRIOR in the centre was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: Before 7 December 1932.

Above:  The Pier, Tollesbury. Postcard 126361. Laid up ships - MOLIERE on the left was in river 13 Mar 1931 to 21 May 1932 HIGHLAND WARRIOR in the centre was in the river January 1931 to December 1932 Date: Before 7 December 1932.
Source: Mersea Museum / Jenny Bibby Collection


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