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does anyone in here know the names of the vessels in the crescent fleet past and presant?
looking to compile a list but its an uphill struggle!
 

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1956/1958

Cresence
Dominence
Eminence
Faience
Gardience
Halcience
Insistence
Jubilence
Kindrence
Luminence
Militence
Ordinence

All of these, with the exception of the 'Ordinence' which I never 'spotted' in my happy days of youth would have visited Ipswich sometime between 1955 and 1960.

By 1962 you can add in the Nasence, Pertinence and Quiescence.

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good man. this is bloody hard work!
my nephew is taken with the crescent ships, he likes the names and colour. pity they no longer trade
 

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Hi Nordica,

Crescent Shipping (or London & Rochester Trading Co. Ltd.) owned and operated probably 200+ coasters, barges and motor barges in their time so you have an uphill struggle to say the least. Have you tried searching for any books on the company? The WSS often produced monographs for particular shipping companies which included full, historic fleet lists. I don't know for sure if they ever did one for Crescent, but you could do a bit of Googling, as well as searching eBay and the on-line out of print bookseller, Abebooks. Alternatively, Ian Allan produced regular pocket books during the 50s/60s which included ones on coaster fleets. Marinart took over from where Ian Allan left off in the 1970s. Again, you could try searching the web for some of these books too.

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Phil
 

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Ahoy,
There is a good site on the web,for used & out of print books,if they can't find one,you should give up trying to search further.
Got this link from an antiquarian,who helped me out sometimes with old bygone books.
http://used.addall.com/
 

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cant find a thing. so i think its time to give up.
got more names but it still looks woefully incomplete!
 

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"Crescent Beaune" Pronounced "Bone" is the station Bunker Barge at Portland in Dorset. It is working for Portland Bunkers International. Click on www.portland-port.co.uk for more info. Cheers Andy,
I did hear that they were all being renamed "Clipper" eg, "Clipper Beaune"
 

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crescent was bought out by clipper wonsild and only two vessels now with a prefix of Crescent all the rest are mainly clipper, crescent did have starch or was it yeast carriers that were operated out of Otterham quay on the Medway, one of the vessels had a fire onboard the vessel which was i think from the machinary onboard and with loss of lives and crescent stopped havig these carriers.
Also do u want to know all the thames sailing barges as well
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Hi there
I have a small book called Coastal Ships, By D.Ridley Chesterton, Published by, Ian Allan of London. I obtained the book in 1966 so it will out of date by now. London and Rochester Trading Co Ltd are on pages 52 and 159. In addition to the ones above you can add,
Elation, built 1963, 212 gross tons, 99 ft long and 22 ft wide and engines aft.
Function, built 1963, 210 gross tons, 99 ft long, 22 ft wide and engines aft.
Under two 200tons you have the following.
Action Bastion
Diction
Gillation
Gold
Marie May
Naughton
Nicola Dawn
Pepita
Servic
Silver and many others
They also had Tugs,
Dragette, built 1947 or 50 tons and 300 brake or shaft horse power
Also had small tugs like the Goaxette, Nudgette,Shovette and Snatchette

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I was on board Halcience in about 1962, catering. Joined her at Holman's dry dock Penzance Cornwall England. She was on deep water articles and went to the continent and to Norway and around Cape North to the back and beyond at the top end of Russia for timber. Came back to Wisbech. As it was about three weeks since the crew had had a run ashore, it was straight to the pub ! At about 0100 hrs in the morning there was a splash as Paddy failed to find the gangway and ended up in the dock ! In the morning a search was made of the ship for another member who was found sitting on the bog asleep with his trousers around his ankles, been there for several hours apparently. Good Fun.
There is a pic of Halcience on the site.

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crescent was bought out by clipper wonsild and only two vessels now with a prefix of Crescent all the rest are mainly clipper, crescent did have starch or was it yeast carriers that were operated out of Otterham quay on the Medway, one of the vessels had a fire onboard the vessel which was i think from the machinary onboard and with loss of lives and crescent stopped havig these carriers.
Also do u want to know all the thames sailing barges as well
Richie

Yes, Crescent was actually bought by Clipper a few years back, but kept the Crescent name and a chartering office in Southampton. In fact, a former colleage of mine was their chartering director. However, with the acquisition of Wonsild, Clipper rebranded their whole tanker operation Clipper Wonsild Tankers and renamed all the ships "Clipper". The office at Southampton has now come under the reins of Crescent Marine Services, which is the U.K. technical management arm of Clipper, but chartering is transferred elsewhere.

As for the starch vessel, that was the "Resilence". I have a photo of her already posted on this site, laid up on the Medway after the fire. You can view it by going to my gallery.

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These are some of the tugs they had.
Snatchette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1953 and 1983
Enticette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1953 and 1964
Shovette was built by london rochester trading company in 1974 and was with london rochester trading company betwen 1984 and 1998
Dragette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1947 and 1983
Lashette sister ship to Shovette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1971 and 1998
Pullette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1940 and 1958 ?
Shovette (Yardette II ) the first one was with london rochester trading company betwen 1958 and ?
Luggette was with london rochester trading company betwen 1973 and 1987
Do you also want to know what other tugs they also built?
Infomation from riverman.gotdns.com/gallery/

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Hello - I am trying to help someone to find details of the ships
his great grandfather sailed with ...
He lists
Crescent Coasters GARDIENCE (1952 worked) ON182212
and MILITENCE (1957 worked) ON187206
Please can anyone help with details and history?
Best Wishes, Raymond
 

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H Nordica,
I sailed in a ship called Nascence twice in the early seventies who belonged to London and Rochester who later became Crescent. Regards janathull
 
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