Osea Island

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Osea Island is an inhabited island in the estuary of the River Blackwater, Essex, East England. It is approximately in size and is connected to the north bank of the river by a causeway, covered at high water.

Northey Island lies about a mile to the west and Mersea Island is about five miles to the north east.

Famous residents

Before 2004, the island had a small community of tenants such as the painter Luke Elwes, author Rodrick Kalberer, photographer Helene Binet and Den Phillips, and architect Raoul Bunschoten and philosopher David Papineau.


Military use

Osea Island was the site of a Coastal Motor Torpedo Boat base during World War I and 2000 sailors were billeted there, mainly in temporary huts which were removed after the war. Commander Agar was awarded the Victoria Cross while stationed on the island. See his book "Baltic Episode" for details .Baltic Episode (Augustus Agar) Naval Institute Press, 1963

In 1913 the British Deperdussin Aeroplane Company tested a newly-developed seaplane at Osea. It was a single-engined seaplane with two large floats. It was piloted by Lieutenant Porte, the managing director of the company, and took off from the deep water channel to the south of the island. It had a successful ten minute flight.

In World War II, the island was occupied by the army.


The 1979 Children's Film Foundation film 'Black Island', produced by...
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