WELCOME TO THE 

MID-ESSEX BRANCH OF THE WORLD SHIP SOCIETY

We are a group of local people interested in all things maritime. Our members are from various backgrounds some sea going some shoreside and some just having an interest in ships, the sea and maritime events. Our attendance averages 10 members, who have a wide variety of shipping interests. 

Our meetings consist of talks, PowerPoint shows, videos and photos/images, all with a maritime theme. New comers would be most welcome to join us at any of our meetings. There is no commitment to becoming a member of the society although we would appreciate a small donation to cover the cost of the venue, currently £4.00.

Web Site Features include

 

Local shipping and events

 

Tanker transhipments off Southwold

 

A brief history of the London County Council paddle ferry fleet of 1905.

 

The maiden voyage of the sailing ship DERWENT to Australia in 1884/5 as described by Chelmsford (Essex, UK) resident, Midshipman Francis Bigg Copland, in his diary.

 

The voyage of HMS PERSEUS to the East Indies Station (Middle East) in 1901-3 as described by A Barker in his diary.

 


 

INTERESTED IN SHIPS, BOATS and the SEA ?

Why not come along and join us at our friendly meetings held on the first Monday of the month in Ingatestone.

WSS Membership not necessary

A varied programme to interest all. Naval, Merchant, near and far.

See our REPORTS page for notes on previous meetings content.

Contact us through our CONTACT page or just turn up for a friendly welcome.

NEXT MEETING

 

NOVEMBER 1st 2021 at 7.30 p.m.

 

SHIPS 1959 - 1961 in BLACK & WHITE

 

The conclusion of

Ian Wells' slide show

 

 

OUR COVID REGULATIONS

when using the Ingatestone Committee Room

  • No-one to attend who has one or more of the principal COVID-19 symptoms  (high temperature, persistent cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell) within last 48 hours, or whose household includes any one with the above symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Anyone considering attending should have had both vaccinations.
  • Register your attendance (track/trace).
  • The person first to arrive is to open the windows regardless of the weather (please dress accordingly).
  • Arrange seating as distanced as possible with at least the equivalent of one seat between.
  • Sanitise your hands rubbing them well.
  • Wear a face covering until you’re seated. Face coverings are then optional.
  • If you wish to visit the bar area please wear a face covering whilst moving round the club which may be removed whilst seated in the bar.
  • Observe social distancing where possible.
  • It’s still helpful to follow Hands, Face, Space.

WE WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION ON A MONTHLY BASIS

In the Committee room the branch will have available hand sanitising gel,

anti-bacterial wipes and

and a pack of new face coverings.

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Over the lock down period we have published an occasional newsletter which can be viewed here:

NUMBER 1    APRIL 2020
NUMBER 2    MAY 2020
NUMBER 3    JULY 2020
NUMBER 4    AUGUST 2020
NUMBER 5    SEPTEMBER 2020
NUMBER 6    OCTOBER 2020
NUMBER 7    DECEMBER 2020
NUMBER 8    FEBRUARY 2021
NUMBER 9    APRIL 2021
NUMBER 10    MAY 2021
NUMBER 11   JUNE 2021
NUMBER 12   AUGUST 2021

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THE ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION 2020 RESULTS

 

The overall winner this year was Ray Smith

 

Secretary, David Brown (left) presents the "Colin Viney Trophy" to this year's winner Ray Smith,
Photo courtesy of John V Nicholls
The highest scoring images (both scoring 66 points) at
the 2020 Photographic competition held in

February 2020 were taken by Ray Smith

ARCADIA  © Ray Smith 2020

CAP SAN LORENZO

CAP SAN LORENZO © Ray Smith 2020

Click HERE to view all pictures entered in the competition

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A TALE OF TWO TID's

Long time resident of Maldon's riverside, the TID tug BRENT (ex TID 159), is joined by

TID 172 which arrived last year for maintenence in the dry dock.

Work completed she will soon move to the River Medway.

(TID 172 left Maldon prior to 25/05/2020 under tow of the tug AGAMA for Hoo on the Medway)

OUR MAY MEETING 2022 will feature the BRENT story

by the BRENT STEAM TUG TRUST

BRENT  05/07/2020

MID-ESSEX SLIDE SHOWS

Click on above to see list and descriptions

 

Shows that have been constructed and isued by the Mid-Essex Branch, World Ship Society from slides taken by, Captain Edwin Gregson, David Brown, Martin Wright and Ian Wells.