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The Royal Eagle Paddle Steamer and the Moelfre Rose alongside Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, from the south, 1939
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Title The Royal Eagle Paddle Steamer and the Moelfre Rose alongside Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, from the south, 1939
Image reference EPW062734
Date 21st August 1939
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Place name Southend-on-sea
Administrative area Southend-on-sea
Country England
Easting/Northing 588983, 182999

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  • Lifeboat house

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    Monday 8th September
    7:46pm
  • Southend Pier
    The second pier which replaced an earlier wooden pier, completed in 1889, with an extension in 1897.
    Further extended in 1927. Reputed to be the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.34 miles.
    The single track electric railway was made double track in 1931.
    During WW2 the pier was "HMS Leigh"
    The shore-end pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1959 trapping several hundred on the pier who were rescued by lifeboat.
    The pier head suffered much fire damage in 1976, with firemen working from the pier, boats and an aircraft.
    By 1977 the shore end pavilion had been replaced by a bowling alley which was damaged by fire that year.
    It was proposed to close the pier in 1980 but a grant was forthcoming by 1983. The structure is Grade 2 listed.
    The electric railway was closed in 1978 and reopened as a diesel-operated railway in 1986.
    Between 1986-1989 the pier head was sevred from the rest of the pier by a boat collision which destroyed the lifeboat house.
    In 1995 the reinstated landward bowling alley was destroyed by yet another fire.
    By 2005 it was again the turn of the pier head to suffer destruction by fire- destroying the Old Pier Head including the railway station, pub, shell shop, snack bar and ice cream shop. The final 15 metres of the railway track was lost. The pier reopened again in 2007.
    In 2012 a new pier head pavilion to a contemporary design (eg odd) was built to hold 185 people and serve as a theatre / exhibition space.

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  • Southend Pier Railway which runs the 1.34 miles of the pier.

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    Monday 8th September
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  • Moelfre Rose
    Coastal steamer built 1931. 631 gross tons.
    Operating company was called Richard Hughes and Co. (Liverpool) Ltd.from 1934.
    Foundered in Dublin Port in 1946, carrying coal - cargo salvaged.

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    Monday 8th September
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  • Paddle Steamer Royal Eagle.

    Built 1932 by Cammell Laird Birkenhead for General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
    Length 292.1 ft Beam 36.7 ft

    Launched with a bottle of whisky.
    Sailed on the London (Tower Bridge), Southend, Margate & Ramsgate service.
    2000 passengers on four decks with dining saloons to seat 310.

    Requisitioned in WW2 as an anti aircraft vessel in the River Thames. (HMS Royal Eagle)

    Made three trips to Dunkirk, saving 2657 men

    1950 ran between London and Clacton.

    Scrapped in 1953

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    Monday 8th September
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