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Latest arrival in the Blackwater is DEFENDER (Lowestoft) at the berth close to the lock entrance at Heybridge.
She is the former “
Al Majihad”(B6), a fast attack craft built in Lowestoft by Brooke Marine for the Sultan of
Oman's Navy.  After 17 years of service she was de-commissioned and gifted back to Lowestoft as a display
ship in recognition of the part Lowestoft played in the building of the Sultan of Oman's navy during the 1970s.
It was initially thought that she was going to be used in connection to with a local Sea Cadet unit, but now believed to have been sold privately for conversion into a pleasure craft.
For more pictures                  to visit Joe Capps “Lowestoft Web Site”

Commisioned in July 1977; Displacement 135/153 tons; Dims 37.5 X 6.9 X 2.2 Metres; 2 Paxman Ventura Diesels;
25 knots; Armament 1 OTO Melara 3" gun in front of bridge.

Thames barge
DECIMA (67 tons) is out board of her  - Official No 110055
She is the only sailing example of a large number of Thames sailing barges built by F. G. Fay & Co. of Southampton. She was built in 1899 of steel for E. J. & W Goldsmith of Grays for whom she traded in general cargo work until approximately 1949. She was then sold to Rayfield's of Gravesend and in 1951 was fitted with an engine.
In the 1960s, she was bought by Greenhithe Lighterage Co (Tester Bros). She left trade in 1977 when Dennis Wildish purchased and re-rigged her. Through the late 1970's and early 1980's he sailed her as an auxiliary barge. In 1996, DECIMA was sold to Jeremy Taunton who used her as a houseboat on Faversham creek.
She returned to sailing in early 2003 when she was bought by her current owner, Tim Goldsack, who has extensively re-plated and re-rigged her. She is based at Standard Quay, Faversham and regularly competes in barge matches, having several 1st places to her credit.
Site Last updated
11th May 2009
April & May  meeting notes
TRAFALGAR 200 FLEET REVIEW SPITHEAD 28TH JUNE 2005
Photo of CP Valour Copyright © Paul Sivertsen Photo of Defender Copyright © David Brown
Photos of QE2 © David Brown, & MTBs © Neil Sexton
Copyright ©  Mid-Essex Branch World Ship Society 2009
LOCAL NEWS
For more pictures of CP Valour
Our meetings are open to local and visiting members. Anyone who has an interest in
ships and the sea and would like to find out more about the society
is also very welcome to join us.
The branch meets at the Ingatestone and Fryerning Club,
High Street, Ingatestone, (Essex England)
on the first Monday of every month at 8.00p.m.  (regardless of Bank Holidays, etc.).
For a map of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Club click the link in the drop down menu.
The cost for the evening is £1 for members, which goes towards the hire of the meeting room.
CP Valour was dismantled to deck level by ZveitzerWiesmuller.
The hulk was removed but later sank in the Atlantic under tow
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This years winner of the slide competition Roy Kittle (left) and runner up David Berg with the Colin Viney Trophy.
See report for results
This is likely to be our last slide competition due to the move to digital photography
Two MTBs in the cut at the end of Maldon Promenade in the early 1960's, courtesy of Neil Sexton.
The near boat is believed to be a Fairmile "D", MTB 761 and attached to the Chelmsford Sea Cadets.
Any one with any information or photos please contact via the contact form on the menu bar below

Monday 6th July 2009
Jimmy Poole presents
HISTORY OF JADROLINIJA, 1947 to TODAY
The QE 2 alongside at  Southamptonon the morning of 11th November prior to her final sailing to Dubai
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