The Steam Yacht Seahorse, History and Recollections

The Steam Yacht Seahorse, History and Recollections

Published by Mersea Island Museum Trust, 32 pages. (S5230)

Along the Coast Road on Mersea Island boats have been moored for decades, and many of them became landmarks, recognised and loved by the local community as much as by their owners. This booklet concentrates on one of those boats, and provides a fascinating history of the craft from the time it was built.

The Seahorse was built at Southampton in 1891, and started her life as a gentleman's steam yacht. She arrived in Mersea in the 1930's, and became a houseboat, and was moored on the island for many decades, until finally being broken up in 2005. Her history thus spans the entire 20th century, and offers a fascinating insight into British maritime history over that period

Includes lots of colour and black and white photographs

Mersea Island is located marginally off the coast of Essex, about nine miles southeast of Colchester, and is situated in the estuary area of the Blackwater and Colne rivers (The name 'Mersea' is derived from the Old English meresig meaning 'island of the pool'

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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