epw040961 ENGLAND (1933). 
The Southend Flat, Marine Parade and the town, Southend-on-Sea, from the south-east, 1933


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    Title [EPW040961] The Southend Flat, Marine Parade and the town, Southend-on-Sea, from the south-east, 1933
    Reference EPW040961
    Date April 1933
    Place name SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 589219,  184779
    Longitude / Latitude 0.72826479929175,  51.529685687433
    National Grid Reference TQ892848
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     This was the Corporation Loading Jetty. In 2015, this has finally been demolished, after Southend Corporation first declared it obsolete in the 1970's, and then left it to fall derelict. On the Pier side, there was a hardstand and a set of "blocks", which could be hired by the tide, to do work to the underside of the hull of a boat - either caulking seams, repairing leaks, scrubbing-off and re-applying Anti-fouling, rudder repairs, attention to propellers and sterntubes, etc. All gone now. The nearest facility for a boat to dry out for such underwater work is now at Old Leigh.

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    bargee1937
    Wednesday 19th of August 2015 03:22:06 PM
     Can anyone identify this motor pleasure-boat? Further research suggests it might be Mr. G. Cundy's 1919-built "Grace darling IV" from Walter Cook's Yard at Maldon. {She is said to have been the first motor-pleasure boat running from a Pitch in front of the Kursaal, during the 1920 Season, and after. If my ID is correct, she was lost at Dunkirk due to the incompetence of her "scratch" RN-crew. [See Naval Staff History, 1949, republished by MoD Whitehall Histories, in 2000.] If any reader has more information about this little vessel, please contact the writer on

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    bargee1937
    Wednesday 19th of August 2015 03:20:41 PM
     TSMV "Julia Freak" renamed "New Prince Of Wales I" of the Southend Motor Navigation Co.", owned by Albert Brand and W.H., "Bill" Wilson. Commandeered in May, 1940 by RN for Dunkirk evacuation, and following that fitted out as a coastal minesweeper; - survived to return to the beach excursion trade after 1945.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 7th of July 2015 01:03:11 PM
     Can anyone identify these two 60ft sailing lifeboats for certain? If any reader has more information about these little vessels, please contact the writer on

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    bargee1937
    Saturday 27th of June 2015 11:19:16 AM
     ML "King George V" [varnished hull, single propellor] of the Southend Motor Navigation Co.", owned by Albert Brand and W.H., "Bill" Wilson. Commandeered in May, 1940 by RN for Dunkirk evacuation,and never seen again. Presumed lost on the beaches.

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    bargee1937
    Sunday 5th of April 2015 05:31:05 PM
     TSMV "Southend Britannia", owned by the Myall Family Co. Commandeered by RN for Dunkirk evacuation, and survived to return to the beach excursion trade after 1945.

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    bargee1937
    Sunday 5th of April 2015 05:26:09 PM
     TSMV "New Prince of Wales", 137grt, 105ft loa., of the Southend Motor Navigation Co. Lost during the Dunkirk evacuation after being commandeered by the Royal Navy, in may, 1940.

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    bargee1937
    Sunday 5th of April 2015 05:23:43 PM
     TSMV "Princess Maud" of the Southend Motor Navigation Co. Lost during the Dunkirk evacuation after being commandeered by the Royal Navy, in may, 1940.

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    bargee1937
    Sunday 5th of April 2015 05:21:58 PM
     Does anyone know the name of this pleasure boat? The Burdett Road Jetty was dismantled during the 1939/40 Invasion scares. I don't know who was leasing it from the pier and Foreshore dept. in 1933, the date of this photo. I know every single beach excursion boat in the picture - except for this one. This is one which does not appear as part of our family histopry - and my father's Comp[any owned a number of theses 2pleasure boats", so I had the info. first hand about most of them. But this one is a puzzle. She's not the big Britannia, nor the New Prince of wales,m which are both right where they ought to be at their jetties in the top of the picture. She's slightly-smaller than both of them, but large enough for her Board of Trade Passenger-Carrying Certificate to require her to carry two lifeboats, - but unlike the Britannia and the New prince of wales, this third "large"[sic]passenger boat doesn't have a false funnel - though she seems to have a raised bridge like them.

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    bargee1937
    Sunday 23rd of November 2014 08:40:30 PM
     Corporation trolleybus descending Seaway towards Marine Paeade and the then terminus at Kursaal.

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    gBr
    Friday 25th of July 2014 07:28:19 PM

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    The nearest white-hulled pleasure boat is the "New Royal Sovereign" said to have been built 1928 for the 1929 Season, which sailed from the Foreshore until being sold to a Mr Butler of Bridlington in 1936 and moving to that Harbour, to join his other excursion boat, the "Royal Marina". The New Royal Sovereign was commandeered by the RN in 1939, and was sunk by an aerial bomb in the harbour in August, 1940.

    bargee1937
    Thursday 2nd of April 2015 07:43:18 PM
    This has almost all the Southend "liittle-ships of Dunkirk" pleasure boat contingent on view. I don't know the names of all of them, but some belonged to our family Company - the Southend Motor Navigation Co., owned by my father Bill Wilson and his partner Albert Brand. Right up under the corner of the pier pavilion - our varnished open ML "King George V", then the white hull of our "Julia Freke", the empty jetty next was the usual berth for the Julia Freke's sistership - the "little" Britannia I", owned by the Myall Family; next jetty - the "big" Britannia with her 2 false funnels, also owned by the Myalls; last Jetty opposite the Hope Hotel - our SMNCo Fleet Flagship, the 137GRT, 105ftl.o.a. New Prince of Wales;next come 3 of the traditional Southend beach lifeboats, and in 1933, one of them must have been the Dreadnought, [converted to a TSMV after WW2]; the 3 varnished launches next are our SMNCo.'s San Toy1, San Toy2, and Duchess of York; next a big white Yawl which may have been the original Skylark; next the SMNCo's smaller TSMV "Princess Maud"; next a varnished launch I'm not sure of but the berth may have been that of the "British Queen". I never knew the names of the next two larger vessels [and the little rowing boats usually had girl's names and there were quite a lot of them which changed from season to season, and traded for short rowing trips off the beach without paying for a Pitch, though they owners did have to have Watermens Licenses from the Pier 7 Foreshores Dept. of the Southend Corporation]. And the last big white vessel with the two lifeboats on davits at the Burdett Rd. Jetty [demolished 1940 as an anti-invasion measure] is a puzzle. if anyone has any details about her, both the writer and ian Boyle of the simplon ships website would dearly like to know.
    bargee1937
    Monday 24th of November 2014 12:34:57 AM