Stork

sam2182sw
10th December 2009, 20:29
hI Lads i am looking for a photo of the G.S.N.C. small coaster the STORK about 1950 time i worked on her in the Hull dry docks and want it for a book i am writing can you help sam2182sw

Santos
10th December 2009, 20:59
There is a nice one HERE (http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20S/slides/Stork-04.html) Sam.

Chris

alectts
12th March 2012, 07:33
The stork was alive and well when I served on board her in late summer of 1964. She was a GSN ship and was registered in Gt.Yarmouth. She sailed out of Felixstowe (dock basin) to Amsterdam and Harlingen on a regular schedule. She was built in Leith in 1945 and almost 20 years later she was still breasting huge North Sea waves. My last trip on her was a return from Harlingen (up in the Friesian Islands on the German border) when we ended up on a course of 225 in a force 9 gale. I was the only member of the crew (including officers) who was not sick and confined to my bunk - I was too scared that the poor wee ship would not rise after the next wave would would simply keep slipping through it to the bottom of the sea! On one occasion in a much smaller sea, we lost the tarps over the hold covers. Big deal! I thought until the first mate reminded me we were carrying a cargo of cardboard! The it was all hands to the - pumps and the hatch covers. One of the deck hands was swept off the hatches and completely over the side - three times! Fortunately on each occasion he was swept back on by the next wave.

Alec Macdonald (Jock).

shipmate17
12th March 2012, 11:37
STORK id 5341710. Built 1945 by Robb. Leith. grt 493. 1966 NIKOS LITOCHORN. deleted 1999.

alectts
16th March 2012, 07:44
Thanks for the background on the MV Stork. What would have happened to her in 1999. The fact that she was in Greek hands at the time - did that mean she sank? Do you have any more information? I wish I'd taken some pictures at the time (I suppose - don't we all?).

R396040
16th March 2012, 21:40
Thanks for the background on the MV Stork. What would have happened to her in 1999. The fact that she was in Greek hands at the time - did that mean she sank? Do you have any more information? I wish I'd taken some pictures at the time (I suppose - don't we all?).

I have a very good book about GSNC called "The Navvies"" by Norman L Middlemiss which has photos of all their ships and history. In this book,published 1999 it said the stork was still in service in Greece in that year.
I sailed on several of their great little ships in the1950s starting with Woodcock,Seamew,Royal Sovereign, Empire Parkestone(troopship) Drake (2) Fauvette, Whitewing,Gannet & Heron as steward. Liked the short continental trips and relaxed atmospehre.
Stuart