Laid up 1930 in the River Blackwater
Spring 1932 left the river, converted for cruising with the hull repainted white, and did a series of short cruises from Liverpool.
Converted in 1939 to armed merchant cruiser and renamed HMS VOLTAIRE
Lost 9 Apr 1941 to enemy action by the German raider KMS THOR
There is a good history of the VANDYCK and VOLTAIRE in Sea Breezes January 1979.
Vessel in the 1931 Oyster Company ledger - she was already in the river when the ledger starts. 7 May 1932 left fishery.
Arrival date from Voyage Record Card.
Shields Daily News 29 May 1931, 23 Oct 1931, vessel in River.
Shields Daily News 17 Mar 1932 Lamport & Holt VOLTAIRE laid up in River Blackwater
Shields Daily News 6 May 1932 reported VOLTAIRE leaves River Blackwater 7 May 1932 for Liverpool
"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton lists the vessel but has no further info. See DJG_SHP
Lamport & Holt
Above: VOLTAIRE laid up in River Blackwater off Bradwell 1931 Date: 1931. Source: John Leather Collection
Above: The Shore, Bradwell on Sea. The ship second from the left is believed to be the VOLTAIRE. Date: Before May 1932. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection
Above: North Creek, Bradwell-on-Sea. The VOLTAIRE is believed to be the vessel on the left. Date: 1932. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection
Above: Ships laid up in River Blackwater off Tollesbury. VOLTAIRE is just left of centre - she left the river 7 May 1932. Date: 1931. Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection
Above: A Pretty Spot, Bradwell Quay. Postcard 122864.
Prominent on the left is the Shaw Savill TAIROA and on the right is Lamport & Holt's VOLTAIRE. Behind the TAIROA is an unidentified Houlder Bros vessel, and far right is a Blue Star vessel.
VOLTAIRE was in the River October 1930 to May 1932. Date: cNovember 1930. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection
Above: Off Tollesbury Pier. Postcard 126366, not mailed.
Six vessels visible, thought to be L-R 1 to 3 not known, 4. VOLTAIRE (15 Oct 1930 to 7 May 1932), 5. PAKEHA (June to 21 October 1930, 6. HIGHLAND ROVER Date: c18 October 1930. Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Tollesbury