Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      GOTHIC STAR
Arrived:c November 1930
Departed:cDecember 1930
Career:Built as NAIRNSHIRE. Renamed BRODHOLME 1915, GOTHICSTAR 1920, GOTHIC STAR 1929. Broken up Savona 4 July 1938

Tony Atkinson thinks the Blue Star vessel photographed in the Blackwater 1930 is GOTHIC STAR. She was in the Thames at the end of October and he cannot fund her moving until mid-December.

Tonnage:5,673 gross
Built:1899
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Blue Star Line
Official No:108793
ID1108793

A Pretty Spot, Bradwell Quay. Postcard 122864.

Prominent on the left is the Shaw Savill TAIROA or PAKEHA and on the right is Lamport & Holt's VOLTAIRE. Behind the TAIROA is SUTHERLAND GRANGE, and far right is a Blue Star vessel, thought to be GOTHIC STAR.

VOLTAIRE was in the River October 1930 to May 1932. Date: cNovember 1930.

Above:  A Pretty Spot, Bradwell Quay. Postcard 122864. Prominent on the left is the Shaw Savill TAIROA or PAKEHA and on the right is Lamport & Holt's VOLTAIRE. Behind the TAIROA is SUTHERLAND GRANGE, and far right is a Blue Star vessel, thought to be GOTHIC STAR. VOLTAIRE was in the River October 1930 to May 1932. Date: cNovember 1930.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection

Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed.

Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1. not known, 2. GOTHIC STAR, 3. SUTHERLAND GRANGE (5 Oct 1930 to 7 Dec 1930) 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930) ( or possibly TAIROA ), 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.

Above:  Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed. Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1. not known, 2. GOTHIC STAR, 3. SUTHERLAND GRANGE (5 Oct 1930 to 7 Dec 1930) 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930) ( or possibly TAIROA ), 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury


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