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MARCH 2020

The sixth presentation from Ian Well’s large library of photographs was shown at our March meeting. These were from the period 1959 to 1961 and were black and white images scanned from negatives. Each had a story to tell and we reached only half way through the presentation before our evening came to a close. The second half of the show will be screened at our May meeting. The show depicted the enormous types of vessels to be found in the Thames and docks at that time. These images have not been publically screened previously.

There were also images of ships taken in Gt Yarmouth and on a River Thamesl trip. Many ship’s names familiar to those following ships at that time were included.  These comprised of war time standards but mainly those built post war. A few pre-war built vessels such as Everards’s  APRICITY  and Rowbotham’s GUIDESMAN were also shown.




                      INDIAN RESOURCE                                   SUN XVII

Photos Copyright © Ian Wells



As is custom our annual photographic competition is held in February for the Colin Viney Memorial Trophy.

Every year we are amazed by the high quality of the entrant's work and this year was no exception.

Our contestants this year were David Brown with a selection of photos from the Solent and Felixstowe,

David Berg with photos from the Thames, Holland and Felixstowe. John Harrison with photos from his recent Norweigian and German cruises. Ray smith submitted photos from his visits to the Solent, Gibralta and Algeciras. Newcommer to the competition John V Nicholls, a regular visitor to the Thames, submitted photos from his favourite haunt.


During the first half of the meeting a PowerPoint of the entrant's images were shown. Those present marked them 1 to 10. During the break the scores were totaled. The winning set of images were by Ray Smith who also tied first best image of the evening.


A slide show of the images entered into the competition is available HERE


Listed below are the score details of each image and each set



PhotoIgraphPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 1-457PHENIX9=
Image 1-545 PIANO LAND28
Image 1-653 SAND HERON17=
TOTAL306 5th



PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 2-161ADVENTURE6
Image 2-258 EOS ESPERANCE          8
Image 2-457 SAVITREE NAREE9=
Image 2-563  STAD AMSTERDAM3=
Image 2-653 THAMES17=
TOTAL349 2nd



PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 3-154 SCAN FJORD14=
Image 3-253 NORDENORGE              17=
Image 3-363 ALK3=
Image 3-451  MIDNATSOL22=
Image 3-548  MAGELLAN26
Image 3-650 PS GOETHA24=
TOTAL319 3rd



PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 4-166ARCADIA1=
Image 4-266CAP SAN LORENZO 1=
Image 4-359 CLARA CAMPOAMOR    7
Image 4-453 LOUISE MARIA F93117=
Image 4-555 SD BOUNTIFUL12=
Image 4-654 VICTORIA of WIGHT14=
TOTAL353 1st



PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 5-144PAULINE28
Image 5-250LAURELINE24=
Image 5-362KIRKELLA 5
Image 5-453THUN VENERN 17=
Image 5-551 CAROLINE THERESA     22=
Image 5-6 47   VIKING SUN27
TOTAL307 4th



Our programme for January was sealed when our venue supplied a fast internet connection to our meeting room

We were able to show several films cataloguing a number of different types of salvage. The first was the containership CP VALOUR which went aground on the Azores. Sadly the plans to tow her to Lisbon for repair/scraping did not reach fruition and she sank in deep water a day after being refloated due to severe damage to the hull by the relentless Atlantic weather. This was followed by the successful refloating of a bulker driven ashore with a cargo of timber. She subsequently returned to service. The raising of the wreck of the TRICOLOR was one of the most complex salvage operations. She was loaded with a large number of high end vehicles bound for America. She sank off the Belgian coast in a busy shipping lane. Unable to be salvaged as a whole ship she was cut up into several sections loaded onto barges and towed to Zebrugge for scrapping. This was a lengthy operation as the sea bed had to be “cleaned” of all the debris caused by the sinking and subsequent removal.

This provided a huge insight into the complexity of ship salvage with all the attention to guard against pollution and the efforts needed for safe disposal. A huge operation involving many people from all aspects of marine salvage and the transport of the correct equipment to the wreck site.

I’m sure we will turn again to the material available on the internet to entertain and inform us at some meeting in the future.