Certificate no 1985
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Customs Vessel
Location Maldon
Vessel type Customs & Excise Launch
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Vosper, Portsmouth
Built in 1926
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.00 feet (3.36 m)
4.90 feet (1.49 m)
Length: Overall
50.00 feet (15.25 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



STORK was one of three patrol boats built at the same time, although each one was subtly different. One of the other vessels, EAGLE, does not exist any more and the other, XEBEC, was rebuilt as a private yacht, renamed 'FALCON' and last heard of lying derelict at Hayling.

STORK was sunk by the Luftwaffe during the blitz on Plymouth and was re-floated and repaired, serving as a ferry after the War. She did not take part in the Dunkirk evacuation.

Her most recent owners purchased her in later years as dismantled parts and undertook a complete and sympathetic restoration. Many original features and equipment have survived and she has been renovated externally, as near as possible, to the original plans. STORK was sold again in 2008 to her current owners, and is currently moored in Maldon, Essex. 


Key dates

  • 2012

    Vessel selected for Avenue of Sail, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

  • 2008

    Sold to a broker by then owner Chris Dodd.


  • January 2012

    A Sustainability Grant of £500 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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