Timber Galore

A vessel with an unfortunate name in an even more unfortunate situation

By Graham Stevens

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Timber Galore' page

This photo is from those given to Ken Harding by Avril Fitzpatrick.It was apparently taken from the 'Summer Rose' out in the fairway somewhere off Chapman Light. We remember quite a quantity of timber coming ashore along Canvey sea wall but can't specify the year.

Can anybody remember the year and tell us of the eventual fate of 'The Good Ship Skum!'? Presumably with a name like that she remained floating on the surface.

This page was added by Graham Stevens on 05/11/2009.
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By David Bullock
On 06/11/2009

Found the vessel Skum.

D/S Skum was a Norwegian WWII vessel.

D/S Skum
Manager: Lorentz S. Lyngaas & Jacob O. Lyngaas, Tønsberg
Tonnage: 1304 gt
Built in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland in 1916.

This site shows lists of all her voyages
apparently she came to Southend quite a lot during the war, lots of info but I have found nothing so far after the war.

By Janet Penn
On 09/11/2009

Re D/S Skum
Thanks Jan. It appears that not only was this vessel a long-serving old work-horse but she and her crew were unsung heroes of WW2. A complete contradiction of the English appearance of her name!

By Graham Stevens
On 10/11/2009

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