Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.
To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.
Although the second world war was raging all around there was still the requirment now more and more for ships of all types to still be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
The M.V.STORK was the second vessel of a two ship order from General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd which in fact had been cancelled in 1939 with the outbreak of war, she was a sister ship of KINGFISHER and was a typical small coaster design of the time.
STORK was also the fourth ship of this name with the company, and she along with her sister ship Kingfisher was sold on in 1966, with Stork being sold to Greece and re-named Nikos Litochoron.
The M.V.STORK was only deleted from Lloyds register in 1999
This MV STORK should not be confused with the previous ship of the same name and owners which was involved in many wartime actions including the shooting down of a German bomber while under sustained air attacks in 1940 off the coast of Boulonge.
Another remarkable span for a ship to continue working, they built them little coasters tough and this ship lasted for more than 55 years.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.