The Mid-Essex Branch of the World Ship Society welcomes you to browse around our website where you will find information about the branch, where and when it meets, a Diary of the forthcoming programme, reports of past meetings and other items of local and international interest.


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

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 4th February 2019 at 7.30 p.m.


for the Colin Viney Trophy

For Competition rules see below

1 remaining 2019 WSS Calendar available at £5.00 


Annual photo competition - Rules

Photos (images) must have been taken in 2018 to qualify for entry to the competition.

Minor Photoshop allowable - straightening horizons, removal of gulls etc., but insertion of a blue sky on a grey day may be frowned on!!! 

Please bring with you on the night, or send me, six of your very best pictures for judging.  

To be on a CD/DVD or USB memory stick or by email please.

Anyone wishing to enter prints, please forward them to me for scanning, by the last week of January 2018 latest.



Sunday 6th January 2019

Work is still not complete on the new high-tech mooring system. The commencement of the service is still to be announced 



of the two new


at Tilbury Docks on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 11.00 a.m.

Photos courtesy David Berg





































































Secretary David Brown presents the "Colin Viney Trophy" to Ray Smith,

the 2018 overall winner of the Photographic Competition


The winning picture from the Photographic competition held at our
May 2018 meeting was taken by John Harrison
MARCO POLO  © John Harrison 2018
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.



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 presetations 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 will have it's maiden showing at Ingatestone on March 3rd 2019
A selection of Ian Well's Black and White photos of ships in the Thames and elsewhere taken in the late 1950s. These have been scanned from negatives and assembled into a Poweroint show. Available sometime in 2018/9



                March 4th                  

                    April 1st                    


Ian Wells presents

his fifth PowerPoint

        LONDON DOCKS 1963/1964          


Barry Peck of Southampton Branch



Site last updated:   Front Page, Southwold, 08/01/2019