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Hero/Valerie

With regards to the Hero thought this extract from the Lloyd's Register casualty database might be of interest;

"DRIFTED & FOUNDERED ON 13/11/77 AFTER TAKING WATER & LISTING IN LAT. 54 21 25N., LONG. 06 53 28E., IN THE NORTH SEA ON 12/11/77; ABANDONED BY CREW."

As for the Valerie, I remember seeing her in Wallhamn during the summer of 1978 when I was on board the "Kaprifol". I remember at the time wondering why she was registered in Jersey? Both ships (and also Wallhamn port) were operated by the same company, OT Rederierna which was owned by the Johansson brothers. They went down the pan in 1982 during the big Swedish shipping fallout.
The Valerie (sailing as the Pacific Mako) stranded on a reef off Fort Lauderdale in 1998 and was scrapped in Mexico soon afterwards.
 
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