Built as cargo ship DANEFOLK by A/S Rodby Havns Jernskibs at Rodby Havn. Four-masted twin screw steel schooner, owned by Suenson & Jespersen, Copenhagen.
c1924 Sold to M A Robinson, registered in London.
1939 taken to Harwich, renamed BADGER, part of shore-base HMS BADGER, and used to accommodate naval personnel and stores. She remained in Harwich for the duration of the War.
1946-c1949 moored off Bradwell, as mentioned in The Salty Shore and in John Leather notes.
7 April 1947 Jeff Curtiss records her off Bradwell, in grey, sails removed, no bowsprit.
1948 Hotel Ship at Kobenhavn. D/S Hetland A/S [ George Swieszkowski ]
Renamed AFRICAN QUEEN-1949, ARGENTARIO-1956, PALOMA-1960.
1 Jul 1963 on fire 21.45N/37.20E and broken up Port Sudan Aug 1963
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 24 January 1947 BADGER Compensation 7 wks 1 day, Director of S.G. Disposals.
- 24 May 1948 Compensation 2 wks 2 days. H.E. Moss & Co. (agents).
See WESTWOOOD for more information and pictures
Above: Thought to be the schooner WESTWARD / BADGER when she was in the River Blackwater. She was at Harwich as HMS BADGER during WW2 and was moored off Bradwell 1946-c1949
Official No. 148556, ex DANEFOLK, built 1920, 2,001 tons gross. Date: c1948. Source: Mersea Museum / Peter Bibby Collection
Above: BADGER laying off Tollesbury Pier. Formerly the yacht WESTWARD. Date: 1945. Source: Mersea Museum / Kevin Bruce