epw000553 ENGLAND (1920). 
Southend-on-Sea, from the south-east, 1920


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    Details

    Title [EPW000553] Southend-on-Sea, from the south-east, 1920
    Reference EPW000553
    Date April 1920
    Place name SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 588592,  184938
    Longitude / Latitude 0.71932048688461,  51.531323650904
    National Grid Reference TQ886849
    Image size (px)
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     This may be the 40ft, Maldon-built "Grace Darling IV", - one of the first motor launches to operate from the Foreshore as pleasure-boats. According to Walter Cook, Boatbuilder of Maldon, - 1920 was the first year for motor-boats as pleasure excursion craft at Southend, and he built the "Grace Darling IV" for C.E.Gundy for this work, [as a replacement for an earlier "sailing lifeboat"] while also noting in his Yard History that Hayward, Boatbuilder of Southend [does anyone know where Hayward had his Boatyard?] had orders from other Southend Companies for motor launches in this year. If this IS the Grace Darling IV, she was requisitioned for service in the D7unkirk evacuation, and is NOT listed as sunk. She may have been retained by the RN as a Harbour service tender and been expended during those duties by the navy; because the writer does not remember her being refitted and back on the Foreshore for the 1946 Summer Holiday Season. IF anyone has any more info. about either of these launches, please do contact this writer.

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    bargee1937
    Saturday 27th of June 2015 10:52:50 AM
     One of the first motor launches to operate from the foreshore as pleasure-boats. According to Walter Cook, Boatbuilder of Maldon, - 1920 was the first year for motor-boats as pleasure excursion craft at Southend, and he built the "Grace Darling IV" for C.E.Gundy for this work, [as a replacement for an earlier "sailing lifeboat"] while also noting in his Yard History that Hayward, Boatbuilder of Southend [does anyone know where Hayward had his Boatyard?] had orders from other Southend Companies for motor launches in this year.

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    bargee1937
    Saturday 27th of June 2015 10:48:06 AM
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    Tuesday 3rd of July 2012 11:03:47 PM
     Royal Hotel

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     This cliff area badly subsided in 2002

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     The Bandstand

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     Clifton Terrace

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    Tuesday 3rd of July 2012 10:40:13 PM
     Royal Terrace

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    EZTD
    Tuesday 3rd of July 2012 10:39:55 PM
    below ROYAL TERRACE was 'never never land'light up at night with working models toys water displays'mainly for kids.but we all liked it.

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    Monday 15th of July 2013 11:02:22 PM
     Marine Gardens now Adventure Island

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    User Comment Contributions

    1920 was the first year the Southend Watermen began to operate the new motor boats as pleasure launches from the beach for holidaymakers. Hayward of Southend built one or two locally to go into service that season - which may have been either the 2 "San Toys" or the "Julia Freak" for the new Southend Motor Navigation Co.Ltd [owned by L.E.Golding of Shoeburyness] , and Cook's Boatyard of the Hythe,, Maldon, build the 40ft ML "Grace darling" for G. Gundy,[who had owned a sailing yawl of the same name pre-War] to operate from the beach "in front of the Kursaal". If any local historian is certain of the names of the two motor launches in the picture, I would be very grateful to hear from them.
    bargee1937
    Thursday 25th of June 2015 10:44:30 AM