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