MAYES BROOK in Tilbury

Jack Willis

Coastal vessel MAYES BROOK loaded with reels of paper.

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  • My dad, Keith Jackson, worked on the mayes brook.

    By Keighley Jackson (14/12/2018)
  • Interesting photo of a small vessel and occasional Tilbury visitor that had a varied career. MAYES BROOK started life in 1948 as a 200-ton tanker barge without a name and without and engine, one of 20 built at Thorne, Yorkshire. In 1956 she was sold to River Lighterage Ltd, of London, and was lengthened, rebuilt, and fitted with a diesel engine and a wheelhouse, by James & Stone Ltd, in their yard at Brightlingsea. She emerged from the yard as MAYES BROOK (now 301 tons gross) and spent the next few years in trade only on the Thames and Medway. She was bought by London & Rochester Trading Co Ltd on 30 September 1965, but retained her name. She came to a sticky end on 30 December 1969 when she capsized off Southend Pier, when running from Gravesend to the Medway with a cargo of flaxboard. MAYES BROOK was eventually salvaged, taken to Strood and found to be beyond economical repair. She was towed to Bruges, Belgium, at the end of April 1970 to be scrapped.

    By Roger Jordan (19/06/2014)

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