epw062745 ENGLAND (1939). 
The Kursaal with Southend Pier in the distance, Southend-on-Sea, 1939


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    Title [EPW062745] The Kursaal with Southend Pier in the distance, Southend-on-Sea, 1939
    Reference EPW062745
    Date 21 August 1939
    Place name SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 589129,  185089
    Longitude / Latitude 0.72713520504788,  51.53250034344
    National Grid Reference TQ891851
    Image size (px)
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     This cluster of traditional woodsided Essex cottages astride the sea wall was named Prospect Place. They were demolished after compulsory purchase in 1953, to allow the raising of the sea-wall flood defense after the January Floods.

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    bargee1937
    Thursday 25th of June 2015 10:48:23 AM
     Judging both from the location of the mooring, and the list caused by grounding with a very deep draft of 7ft, this is the SMNCo.'s 48ft, 18Ton Bawley "Valerie", Regd#LO180.

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    bargee1937
    Wednesday 24th of June 2015 07:18:15 PM
     The 90ton, Twin Screw Motor Vessel "New Prince of Wales" of the Southend Motor Navigation Co, 107ft loa. x 25ft beam, x 2'9" draft. powered by a handed pair of 75 shp. Parsons' petrol-paraffin engines. Built at Alec Fowler's Mariners Yard, Schoolhouse Rythe, Bosham, W. Sussex, during 1922-23, and Launched July, 1923 for service at Southend . BoT-"Steam 6" Licensed to carry 375 passengers. Have a look at the website under Southend excursion boats for better pictures. While dead in the water through another recurring engine stoppage due to fuel contamination caused by the RN topping-of her paraffin fuel tanks with petrol, she was sunk at Dunkirk in shallow water by a near-miss which stove-in her planking. Crew of RN Reservists saved, by 56ft MV Triton.

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    bargee1937
    Wednesday 24th of June 2015 07:11:44 PM
     "Southend Britannia" - a 92ton Twin Screw Motor Vessel built by J. Thornycroft of the I.o.W and launched in in 1924; 109ftloa.x 25ft beam, x 3ft draft; BoT "Steam 4" passenger-carrying License for 345 persons in Estuary cruising. Owned by Charles and Arthur Myall. Built to compete with adjacent vessel, the similar but earlier-launched 90ton, 107ft loa. "New Prince of Wales" of the Southend Motor Navigation Co, built at Bosham during 1922-23, and Launched July, 1923 for service at Southend. Have a look at the website under Southend excursion boats for better pictures.

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    bargee1937
    Wednesday 24th of June 2015 07:08:03 PM
     Believed to be the little TSMV Princess Maud of the Southend Motor Navigation Co. Commandeered for Operation Dynamo, on 28th May, 1940, and reported "lost off the beaches" - other details unknown.

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    bargee1937
    Monday 15th of June 2015 04:27:49 PM
     Motor launches "San Toy I" and "San Toy II" of the Southend Motor Navigation Co. Lost during Operation Dynamo, May 29th to June 4th, 1940; loss-details unknown.

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    bargee1937
    Monday 15th of June 2015 04:21:20 PM
     Traditional "Southend Sailing Lifeboat" - a type of excursion boat that had worked off the foreshore since the 1880's - shown in the first "picture postcards of the holiday beaches. For a view of such a PC, go to the < simplonpc > website and scroll to "Southend Excursion boats". I am researching to try and discover the name of what looks like the very last survivor of maybe 20 such boats, which had names like Monarch, Dreadnought, Grace Darling, and Champion.

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    bargee1937
    Monday 15th of June 2015 04:04:38 PM
     Fairground extension on former football ground

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    Friday 25th of July 2014 08:15:21 PM

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    Under maximum zoom, one can make out 16 of the 19 pleasure boats from Southend that were commandeered for the Dunkirk Evacuation. Missing are the Southend Motor Navigation Co's 75ft TSMV Julia Freak, and the 50ft varnished-hull ML King George, plus Charles and Arthur Myall's 75ft TSMV the 'little' "Britannia I". Their 3 Pitches closest to the Pier are empty. I'm guessing that when this picture was taken, they were operating from the end of the Pier. Interesting to see that by this date, the Burdett Road Jetty, visible in the air photos from 1933, has already been dismantled, the New Royal Sovereign having been sold to a Bridlington owner at the end of the 1935 Season.
    bargee1937
    Tuesday 9th of June 2015 02:42:21 PM