Can anyone help?

Very sorry to trouble you, but grateful for help, please?

I write for the magazine Bygone Kent and I am researching Charles Cooper who used to own Cooper’s Boat Yard, Mercer Wharf and worked at Richardson’s Wharf. Described by many as a veteran boat builder, among other things he converted ( in 1930 )  at an ex Royal Naval vessel for Commander Charles Lightoller a surviving officer of the Titanic. 

I have tried without success to find any surviving family members of Charles Cooper 1881-1966 who may have photographs of Charles.  Pre war Charles also converted a boat for William Joyce ( Lord Haw Haw ) at Conyer. It was seized at Dover after transmitting equipment had been installed after leaving Conyer.

Grateful for any help please? I wondered if you or some of your members/workers may have known Charles Cooper.

Thank you and sorry again for troubling you.


Mike Gunnill

Around Britain Circumnavigation

Three boats from Lower Halstow Yacht Club (one sailed by the new MSBA webmaster) will be setting off in the next couple of days on a circumnavigation of Great Britain, a voyage of over 2000 miles. Follow our progress here It is hoped that the trip will raise some funds to support the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat 200 year appeal. Visit the Just Giving page here to donate.

Jeddo is sailed by MSBA Webmaster, David Metcalfe.

Admirals Cruise of the River Medway 2024 – Updated

In a centuries old tradition, the Admiral of the River (the Mayor of 
Medway) "beats the bounds" of the Rochester fishery from the Hawkwood 
Stone, near Snodland, to Sheerness. The event is run on behalf of the 
Mayor by Rochester Cruising Club with Rochester Oyster and Floating 
Fishery but all clubs and marinas on the River Medway are invited to 
take part.  Boats from other clubs can join the convoy up the river on 
Saturday and down to Sheerness on Sunday. A skippers' briefing will take 
place on Friday 5th July at RCC for those interested.

As the convoy passes each club or marina, the Admiral's barge will fire 
a gun salute or sound a bugle and dip her ensign. We hope to get a 
response in kind. RCC will issue invitations to relevant organisations.

Other organisations that participate in and support the cruise include 
Peel Ports, Svitzer tugs, RNLI, Kent Police, Maritime Volunteer Service 
and Medway Town Sea Cadets.