This is a great photo from the Echo Archive taken in 1974. It shows MV Katharine Mitchell beached near the old wartime defences on Canvey. We do not know the story behind the photo as yet. If we find the newspaper clipping that goes with it we will add it at a later date. In the meantime if anyone remembers this happening and can add anything please comment below.
We have however found out a little about the Katharine Mitchell.
She was originally built for the war department and was the first of many ships built for the services by the shipbuilders at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. This ship, known as Katharine II, was ordered for The Royal Army Service Corps. She served all through WWII and was still in use by the services 14 years after the end of the war.
She was sold to Government contractors H R Mitchell and sons and the name was changed to Katharine Mitchell.