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The Southend Pier Pavilion, Marine Gardens and the Boating Pool, Southend-on-Sea, 1939
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Title The Southend Pier Pavilion, Marine Gardens and the Boating Pool, Southend-on-Sea, 1939
Image reference EPW062742
Date 21st August 1939
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Place name Southend-on-sea
Administrative area Southend-on-sea
Country England
Easting/Northing 588572, 185060

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  • 10oTons.Displacement, 107ft long, "New Prince Of Wales",powered by twin Thorncroft petrol/paraffin engines of 75shp each, and built by J. Fowler, of Mariners Yard, High Path, Schoolhouse Rythe, Bosham, Sussex, in 1922 and launched for the 1923 Southend Summer Season. Board Of Trade Licensed to carry no more than 375 passengers under a "Steam 6 Certificate". Dunkirk Little ship, requisitioned on 28th may, 1940, - over the protests of her ex-RN-veteran Owners and regular Crew, - who pleaded to be allowed to sign-on for a month under Crew Agreement Form T.124X, but were refused by the hidebound capt. J.P. Champion, Rtd. since 1922, and with no sea time since 1916, who'd bee re-employed" as naval Control Office.i.c. HMS leigh [the Pier]. The "New Prince of Wales" was sunk off the La Panne beaches due to the incompetence of her untrained Naval crew, who had contaminated her main fuel supply by topping-off the tanks with petrol, - which caused repeated engine stoppages that the very junior RN engineering-Rating didn't know how to cure. While stopped in shallow water just off the La Panne beaches on her first trip, and unable to maneuver to dodge the incoming shelling, she was sunk by a near-miss which ruptured her planking. Her RNR crew were saved by the 56ft ML Triton.

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    Saturday 27th June
  • 102Tons.Displacement, 109ft long, "Southend Britannia", built by J. Thornycroft of the Isle of Wight in 1923 and launched for the 1924 Southend Summer Season.Board Of Trade Licensed to carry no more than 345 passengers under a "Steam 4 certificate". Dunkirk Little ship. Survived subsequent RN habrour service as a Tender, and was returned to the owners, Charle & Arthur Myall, after VJ Day, 1945.

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  • These little circa 40ft-long motor launches are the "San Toy I" and "San Toy II" owned by Messrs A.E.Brand and W.H.Wilson, T/as the Southend Motor Navigation Co., whose who little flotilla of 7 pleasure boats was requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 28th May, 1940, for "service at Dunkirk", and the survivors of that Operation seem to have been retained for further war service as harbour tenders and auxiliaries. See "ADM208/3 -The red List...." in the sections on the Nore and Dover Divisions. Only one of those seven boats was returned to the S.M.N.C o. after May, 1945.

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    Saturday 27th June

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