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  1. My great uncle worked at Smith”s Dock as a boilermaker and was a Foreman there and apparently well regarded. There was some kind of explosion in the Smiths Docks and he wouldn”t leave until all his men had been accounted for. He spent a long time in North Ormesby hospital as a result. Now, how can I find more information about this? He was born in 1889 and I assume this would have happened in his late twenties or thereabouts making it 1916 – 1930?. His name was Arthur Morley. Any help appreciated. Thanks


  2. During early part of WW11 the Atlantic convoys were taking a severe pouding from German U-Boats as escort ships were needed elsewhere, it was at Smith Docks that plans for fishing ships were converted in to the famous Flower Class Corvettes, by all accounts terrible sea going boats that rolled with the slightest wave, but these badly needed ships saved many a life out in the cold Atlantic during hard fighting with the German U-Boats. I”m here today because of one of these brave fighting ships and the men who seved in them, during May 5th & 6th 1943 Donitz gathered around convoy ONS. 5 uk to St Johns Nova Scotia the greatest number of U-BOATS to destroy the convoy. The convoy escort inflicted great loss & damage to Donitzs U-boats, my fathers ship ” Wentworth ” was torpedoed and the captain fearing the ship was about to break up had the men leave the ship by any means. My father was in the cold Atlantic waters for some time swimming for his young life when the Flower Class Corvette ” Lossestrife ” stopped or slowed and the survivors were taken onboard, with survivors from I believe 2 other merchant ships, these men were still on board throughout the battle when this Corvette sank a U-boat, and so thanks to the flower class Corvettes. I”m here to write about Smith Docks and the part it played in W11, also the chance to thank the bravest of men who sailed in the flower class corvettes, thank you


  3. This photo shows what HMS Halcyon looked like after a mine exploded under her stern. She had been to Smiths Docks for a refit from 14th August to 26 September 1940. On 27 September she was leaving the mouth of the River Tees to recommence her mine clearance duties off the east coast when she encountered an acoustic mine that had been dropped by a German plane. So she returned to Smiths Docks and was there until July the following year when her repairs were completed. There is plenty on the Net re HMS Halcyon.


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