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Offline grandarog

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Re: Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 12:32:22 »
That figures as She was listed as Woolwich.
Quote from my post on Princess Irene thread.

Messenger was certainly a Thames sailing barge.
A 67 Tonner  Registry No 94348   London.   She was built at Limehouse in 1888.
Last recorded as being owned by Arthur Sales of Arsenal Wharf, Woolwich.


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Re: Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 10:21:38 »
Thank you grandarog

The Messenger was on hire from Woolwich and based at Otterham Quay.  I am told the " possible " name of the person hiring the vessel was a Mr Moore of Rainham.  Does this name ring any local bells?

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Re: Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2015, 15:38:49 »
Apart from Scoops info all I have found is register details on http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10334478
and this snippet from another forum.
Quote: "Mines were also being loaded from barges and stowed on the ship's two mine decks. At about 1115 hours there was an explosion and the Princess Irene disintegrated. A column of flame 300-feet high was followed by smoke and further eruptions of flame above where the Princess Irene had been moored. A small steam ship and two barges lying alongside were also destroyed. "

It would seem to me that Messenger had been purchased by one of our local barge owners as it would be strange for an Arthur Sales of Woolwich owned barge to have Otterham as her home port.

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Re: Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2015, 14:44:12 »
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero

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Re: Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2015, 13:34:21 »
mikegunnill,
                Hi Mike! There is a large thread about the Princess Irene disaster here which you may find useful. http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6372.0
                                                                                              Good Luck Rog.
                 

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Thames sailing barge Messenger
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2015, 10:16:26 »
Sorry if this is in the wrong section.


Has anyone heard of the Thames sailing barge Messenger?  On Thursday May 27th 1915 it was involved transporting materials to the Princess Irene in the River Medway.  The barge was destroyed when the " Irene " exploded.

The two men from the Messenger survived and rowed back to their home port of Otterham.  I can not find any reference to the sailing barge except a short note in the John Hendy book, "Blown to Eternity, the Princess Irene Story."  I wondered if anyone had details or further references to the barge.


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