Certificate no 1985
Status Registered
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Details

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

Construction

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

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
11.00 feet (3.36 m)
Depth
4.90 feet (1.49 m)
Length: Overall
50.00 feet (15.25 m)
Tonnage: Gross
28.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

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 current owners purchased her in later years as a derelict craft and have undertaken a sympathetic restoration. Many original features and equipment have survived and she has been renovated externally, as near as possible, to the original plans.

Key dates

  • 2012

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

Grants

  • January 2012

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

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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