The information on this page has been put together by myself and to the best of my knowledge is correct. If you do find any vessels i have missed out or information incorrect ,please let me know ~ Ben
JJ Prior have been in operation since 1870 operating in the Thames, Colne and Medway
The Prior family renamed the company J.J. Prior (Transport) Limited in 1934. (JJP). At the same time, they purchased the Fingringhoe based Thames Sand Marketing Company and formed another London based company called J.J. Prior (Aggregates) Ltd. (JJPA). The sand company was renamed Thames & Colne River Aggregates Limited (TCRA) in 1944. At this time, TCRA produced sand and gravel, JJP shipped it and JJPA distributed it to their customers in London.
In the 40′s ‘Priors’ also acquired Smith & Donovan Limited (S&D) a ship building and repair company and thereby all the repairs to their barges and vehicles and plant was kept in-house. JJP took over the activities of S&D in 1981 and S&D was liquidated.
The freehold of Orchard Wharf was purchased in 1947, as was the adjoining Silvocea Wharf. Brewery Wharf, Greenwich was purchased by JJP in 1955.
The main London wharves (Orchard Wharf and Silvocea Wharf) owned by the ‘Prior’ family business were compulsorily acquired by the London Docklands Development Corporation in 1990, by which time the head office of the business had been transferred to Fingringhoe. As we had no real presence in London, it was felt that it was no longer necessary to have a selling agent so JJPA was liquidated. TCRA took over the customer base and JJP purchased its land holding.
Thames & Colne River Aggregates Limited produces the aggregates and J.J. Prior (Transport) Limited, ship it to London.
In 2010 the two companies merged to form J.J. Prior Ltd.
Gabriela (laid up for sale)
Peter Prior (broken up)
Nigel Prior (since sold)
Brenda Prior (laid up)
Francesca Prior (laid up)
Sidney P (sold abroad to Gambia 1987)
Peter P (later renamed J.J Prior) (Houseboat Barking Creek)
Colin P (last seen Queenborough 2005 engine removed)
David J (broken up at Queenborough 198x, last photo 1984)
A.H.P (no trace after 1985)
HW Wilkinson (from 1994-1995)
Lodella (from 2004)
no photos found of these
SHAWFORD (wrecked on Maplin Sands 1956)
PETERBOROUGH TRADER (registered with JJ Prior 1959) but by 1964 vanished
ARRIPAY – 1948 sank after being abandoned off Walton-on-the-Naze on passage from Fingringhoe for London with sand and gravel
PETER PRIOR - ex Eloquence – Arrived for breaking up 13/06/2007
City Cruises Princess Rose started her first day of two weeks on hire to Thames Clippers to operate the Hilton to Canary Wharf service normally operated by Twin Star whilst she receives a splash of paint in drydock. Princess Rose operated for City Cruises during the 1990s on sightseeing routes but since being rebuilt tends to fill the role of tendering for cruise ships etc.
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Sister Boats - Bertram Rose, Delta Rose, Alpha Rose (Sarah Kathleen)
Built: 1967 by Cunis,Woolwich
Thompson Launches (1967-1990)
City Cruises (1990-Present)
Princess Rose in 1997 as an open boat
Princess Rose in 2007
Photo: Ian Boyle
In 2007/8 her cabin was extended aft and liferafts placed on the sides
as well as rubber upright fendering around her bow
1st Place: Steve Faldo – CPBS
2nd Place : Balmoral – Thames Clippers
3rd Place: Diana - Trinity Buoy Wharf
Best Dressed Barge - Darren Lacey
Best Dressed Tug – Malamute
Winners from 2013-1975
The following photos were taken in 1976 which show a large amount of lighterage tugs following the race
2001 Shell Bay
2000 Ditton/Diana (Dead Heat)
1997 Green Machine
1996 Blackadder VIII
1995 Blackadder VII
1994 Blackadder VI
1993 Bow Street Runners
1992 London River
1990 Blackadder Returns
1989 Blackadder III
1988 Spirit of Mountbatten
1987 Panda Power
1986 Spirit of Mountbatten
1985 Virgin Thames Challenger
1984 Dr Lykes Junior
1983 Old Father Thames
1981 Saint Pauls
1980 Atlas Castle
1979 Anthony Nolan
1977 Jubilee Venture
1976 George Washington
1975 Black Cap
This morning Ted Hunt joined by his two grandchildren Hazel and Geoffrey got under oars once again for a charity row from West India Dock to Greenwich , unfortunatly a rather wet row at that. At 94, Ted Hunt still showing others how its done.
A short film by Maryum who was onboard the barge at the time is to shortly be published of the row
Ted Hunt is due to man a barge under oars for approx half hour before Barge Race this Saturday to raise £500 for Almshouses Charity in Hastings for Watermen and Lightermen. The time of the event has not yet been finalised but it is said to be around 1030am where Ted is due to be under oars on his own from West India Dock to Greenwich Pier.
Certainly one to watch out for!