A few more photos from a Canvey Girl.

These extra few photos were rooted out by Marian to be included in a slideshow about Marian’s growing up on Canvey.

Reg Patten, Marian’s father in law.

Reg Patten, Keith’s father, owned the Sea-King Boatbuilders in Leigh-on-Sea. Marian and Keith later took it over after Reg passed away. The type of boat they built can be seen in the photo of the inside of the boat shed (see gallery below).

The boat being launched belonged to Don Smith who owned the woodyard in Green Road, South Benfleet. The boat re-named ‘Sea Ranger’ was bought by Mr Venables, a local chemist at the time, for Madge Moore the Skipper. She worked for him in the chemists for many years and Marian thinks the boat could have been a retirement present for her. She lived in a bungalow called ‘Warrawee’ which was situated where the flats are in Long Road just before the entrance to the Paddocks.

Launching Don Smith’s boat.

Marian still has the cup which was awarded to the Canvey Rangers as 1st prize in the canoe race in 1963. Bernard Griffiths was also involved with the British Legion. Aunty Beet and Uncle Len Knapp were founding members of the Methodist Church situated in Waarden Road.

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  • Great photos! Our family will have enjoyed our Sea King 30 ketch (SK56) for 40 years next year and before her SK50, both well-loved family boats, ideal for the East Coast. Would love to know if any other photos exist, especially of SK56.

    By James (17/06/2023)

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