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.

 

 BRANCH MEETINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND

RE-COMMENCE AS SOON 

AS POSSIBLE.

 

 

The IFCC is slowly reopening although the Committee Room where we meet has yet to be approved. We have been informed that our regular monthly slots for 2021 have been booked for us and they await our return when regulations allow. 

Our thoughts at the moment are that if the current roadmap is adhered to and members are happy to meet we could look forward to re-commencing meetings in September 2021

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WATCH THIS SPACE!

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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

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L B SIR WILLIAM ARNOLD, 

The decommissioned Arun Class Lifeboat, arrived at Heybridge Basin just as the 1st Covid lockdown commenced.

Unable to move to London as planned she has been in the Basin ever since. She is reported as possibly being open to the public before resuming her journey to St Katherine's dock. She is scheduled to resume her journey on June 11th 2021 making for Bradwell-on Sea and then the

following day to Gravesend (weather and regulations permitting). The nearby Daisy Meadow Car park has reopened should you wish to go and view her before she departs.

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PHOTO courtesy Andrew Smith

 

"Here is a picture of GRAND PRINCESS quarantined at Oakland and taken by a family friend from one of his firm’s tugs, on or about 14-03-2020. I am not sure whether the haze around the ship is a low cloud, morning mist burning off, or decontamination spraying!"

  

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)

BRENT  05/07/2020

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Mid-Essex Slide Shows Available NOW

from Roy Cressey at WSS Photo Library 

(contact details are published in January Marine News)

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"Tropic Voyage 1976"

A PowerPoint presentation that traces the voyage of M.V. TROPIC in 1976 to the American Gulf Ports, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, with photographs by Captain Edwin Gregson. This show also includes photos of the QUEEN of BERMUDA and OCEAN MONARCH.

"In Our Own Back Yard"

Charts the history of our local ports of Maldon, Heybridge and Chelmsford, just a few miles from our HQ. It also includes many points of interest and ships that have used and been laid up in the River Blackwater over the years.

"Yes We Have No Bananas" 

A shortened version of Martin Wright's double show of his cruise around Central America on QUEST for ADVENTURE in November 2012. Sadly this was Martin's last show before his untimely death in February 2013. His wife Anne has kindly allowed us to convert this to a single PowerPoint presentation.

Ian Wells photos from his time in the London Docks along with other shipping taken during his travels have been assembled into a series of Powerpoint presentations which are available now from the Mid-Essex Branch. The images in these presentations are owned by Ian Wells who also has the copyright © 

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Ian would initially like to accompany these shows to local branches before putting them on "general release". Contact Ian Wells or the branch to book a showing.

 

SHOWS 19, 20 & 21

LONDON DOCKS 1972 Part 1Part 2 & Part 3

 

PowerPoint shows of Ian Well's slides, many of which have never been shown before. Ian has also researched each vessel and supplies the commentary. Show 19 had its début at Mid-Essex branch in November 2016, the second in March 2017 and Part 3 was shown in October 2017 at Ingatestone. 

These shows are now available.

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SHOW  22

"LONDON SHIPPING in 1962" 

 

Ian Well's fourth show in his London docks series features ships in the London Docks, the Thames, the Blackwater, Scarborough and Calais in 1962.

This show is now available.

 

SHOW 23

"LONDON SHIPPING in 1963 - 1964" 

 

Ian Well's fifth show in his London docks series features ships in the London Docks, the Thames, Great Yarmouth & in Lowestoft in 1963-4.

This show is now available.

 

SHOW 24

THE RIVER THAMES, TILBURY AND THE ROYAL DOCKS, 1964 - 1966 

 

Another selection of Ian Well's slides of ships in the Thames and elsewhere  These have been scanned from slides and assembled into a PowerPoint show. 

This show is now available.

 

SHOW No 25

SHIPPING HERE AND THERE

A show of hitherto unscreened slides taken in various locations on WSS excursions including Oslo, The Scheldt, Rotterdam, Le Havre and the UK.

This show is now available.

 

SHOW No 26

BLACK & WHITE SHIPPING PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1961

 

A selection of Ian Well's black & white photos of ships mainly in the London Docks and other ports   These have been scanned from negatives and assembled into a PowerPoint show and have not been screened before. 

Maiden showing 2nd March 2020 at Ingatestone and will conclude in 2021

This show is now available.

 

COMING SOON

SHOW No 27

BLACK & WHITE SHIPPING PHOTOGRAPHS 1961 - 1962

 

A further selection of Ian Well's black & white photos of ships in various locations  These have been scanned from negatives taken in 1961 and 1962 and assembled into a PowerPoint show. 

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Site last updated: Southwold, front page, 

02/06/2021