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.
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
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... Read More