pril 1st


Features include:


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.



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.




Monday 2nd December 2019 at 7.30 p.m.


BRANCH AGM  + Recent Thames shipping videos from John V Nichols


Available at this month's meeting:


2020 WSS Calendars at £7.00 each







The overall winner this year was David Brown


Secretary, David Brown is presented the "Colin Viney Trophy" by last year's winner Ray Smith,


The highest scoring image from the 2019 Photographic competition held in
February 2019 was taken by Ray Smith
V ARCTIC TERN  © Ray Smith 2019
Click HERE to view all pictures entered in the competition





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 is still lying alongside BRENT 19/09/2019)



Mid-Essex Slide Shows Available NOW

from Roy Cressey at WSS Photo Library 
(contact details are published in January Marine News)
"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 have been assembled into a series of Powerpoint presentations which are available now from the Mid-Essex Branch
LONDON DOCKS 1972 Part 1Part 2 & Part 3
(Ian Wells SHOWS 19 and 20 and 21) are now completed as PowerPoint presentations. Many of the photos have never been shown before. Ian has also researched each vessel and supply's the commentary. The first had its début at Mid-Essex branch in November 2016, the second in March 2017. Part 3 was shown in October 2017 at Ingatestone. Ian would initially like to accompany these shows to local branches before putting them on "general release". Contact Ian Wells or the branch to reserve these shows.
Ian Well's fourth show (SHOW 22) 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.
"LONDON SHIPPING in 1963 - 1964" 
Ian Well's fifth show (SHOW 23) in his London docks series features ships in the London Docks, the Thames, Great Yarmouth & in Lowestoft in1963-4.
This presentation commenced it's maiden showing at Ingatestone on March 3rd 2019 and will conclude in June 2019
A selection of Ian Well's Black and White photos of ships in the Thames and elsewhere taken in the late 1950s early 60s. These have been scanned from negatives and assembled into a PowerPoint show. Maiden showing 2nd March 2010 at Ingatestone



December 2nd

January 6th




Thames Shipping Videos

from John V Nicholls




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