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Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby cat woman » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:32 pm

Hi, Does anyone remember or have any information about the ship that was moored at the bridge on the Benfleet side up until roughly the late seventies? It looked like a mini frigate and was gun metal grey.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Sparrow » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:03 am

Hi
It was an ex motor gun boat called M.V. Benbo.
It was owned by a chap called Tom Lawrence.
There is now one just like it on the saltings on the south side of the creek.I don't know if it is the same one.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Sparrow » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:31 pm

Hi Correction------It was called M.V. Bendigo.
Sorry,my memory
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Trevia » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:29 pm

Is this the one:-

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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Sparrow » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:30 pm

Hi
Could be.Its certainly the same type.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby cat woman » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:23 pm

Hi Thanks for your responses. Ive googled M.V. Bendigo. as suggested but cant find anything relevant so ive posted a picture below in case it helps. ps its the big one at the beginning of the bridge Benfleet side.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Sparrow » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:45 am

We are certainly talking about the same boat. I'll see if I can find out more next time I'm on Canvey.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby cat woman » Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:04 pm

Thanks Sparrow, much appreciated.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby BIG AL » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:16 pm

hi there ,the Tom Lawrence ,mentioned runs Canvey Supply ,why not contact him there ?
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Peter_Wright » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:27 pm

My mate took me there a few times for a beer, I thought it was called The Gladys.
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby janian » Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:59 pm

Hi

I am pretty sure the 'ship' refered to was an ex WW2 MTB with the name "Narvic" painted on her hull-I passed it every day for a number of years to & from work,it appears to be the same craft moored next to the old Canvey Bridge on the Benfleet side in the photo & was opposite the old Dauntless slipway.

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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Peter_Wright » Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:05 am

You might well be right, the one I was referring to may still be there according to http://efnmagazine.co.uk/club/song.htm

"The barge 'Gladys' moored in Benfleet Creek, off Ferry Road, Sth. Benfleet. John Clark 01268 793437 mailto:Johnclark973@aol.com"

Perhaps you could contact John Clark, he may know?
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Sparrow » Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:36 pm

Sorry but a sad end.
I've at last found the end of the story.
The M.V. Bendigo was being towed round the island to a new berth on the western side of the bridge,ironically only about a couple of hundred yards away from its existing one.This was necessary due to the new bridge being impassible.
At Hole Haven she started leaking and it was decided to tie her up to the Occidental construction jetty.
There is a photo of her on Dave Bullock's walk around west Canvey minus superstructure,but I didn't make the connection until my last trip to Canvey last weekend.
After much poking around and asking questions over some weeks I was at last put in touch with one
of the rare people who live on the marsh still.Following some sketchy directions over the saltings I began to think that I was on some kind of wind up having spent some minutes balancing along rickety planks and jumping ditches.
At last there was his little cabin cruiser hiding between two big wrecks.
I convinced him that I respected his privacy and that I was not from the "social".
He told me the whole story and it was confirmrd that his word was good by some local characters.
He also told me that Bendigo was her civvy name and she would only have a number in service.
He knew this as he had owned a identical one many years before.
I'm sorry the ending is not a happy one but one plus point is that it gave me an excuse to be a mudlark again for a few minutes.
P.S. I last saw her 2 years ago ashe was breaking up then,so probably no more than matchwood now
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby cat woman » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:19 pm

Thanks for the hard work Sparrow. Yes it is very sad to hear of her demise. You mention you may be able to see it on Daves West Walk. I looked and saw nothing but roads photographed. Am i looking in the right place?
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Re: Ship at Benfleet Bridge

Postby Dave Bullock » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:54 pm

This was taken in 2004:-

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2005:-

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Last visit this year it was almost completely smashed and unrecognisable. I was told this was an old Army Boat so great work Sparrow in confirming it!
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