STORA-KORSNAS-LINK I, ex NERLANDIA, ex JOLLY ORO, ex TOR NERLANDIA
Date of Loss: 5th November 1991
Depth: 38m (Lowest astronomical depth)
Reference: 54 37’.600 N 000 53’.358 W
Location: 3.5 miles N of Skinningrove
STORA-KORSNAS-LINK I (Official No.7230680) was a steel roll-on/roll-off container ship of 5,018-tons gross that was registered in Nacka, Sweden and measured: 163.50m by length, a 21.00m-beam & a 7.10m-draught. Framnäs Mekaniske Verksted, Sandefjord, Norway built her as Yard No.180 and launched her as the TOR NERLANDIA in July 1972; she was delivered to Triport Shipping, London in November 1972. Her two steel propellers and two bow thrust propellers were powered by 12,000hp, 12-cylinder diesel/oil engines that were installed aft and manufactured by Pielstick/Lindholmen Motor AB of Goteborg; they gave a speed of 18.5-knots. She had two decks and stern door ramps.
In November 1972, the ship was chartered to Tor Line and was in service to/from Göteborg - Middle/Central Europe.
In March 1976 in service on Middle Eastern routes.
In August 1976, the ship was lengthened in Vlissingen, Holland by 26.7m
In 1970 she was chartered by Foss Shipping Ltd., London in service between Rotterdam - Antwerpen - Bremen - Felixstowe - Jeddah - Damman - Dubai - Hodeidah - Port Sudan - Kuwait - Aqaba & Yenbu.
In 1980 sold to Intermodel Shipping Service Inc., Panama and renamed NERLANDIA
In May 1980 chartered to Ignazio Messina & Cie., Neapel, Italy and renamed JOLLY ORO.
In January 1986 transferred to Orcoconsult Shipping Co Ltd, Panama and named NERLANDIA.
In January 1986 she was laid up at Genoa, Italy.
In January 1987 sold to Sea-Link, Nacka, Sweden, who was the owner at the time of loss.
On 28 January 1987 arrived at Wärtsilä Oy, Åbo, Finland for rebuilding and renamed STORA KORSNÄS LINK I.
While off Teesbay on 5 November 1991, the engine room of STORA-KORSNAS-LINK I caught fire. The vessel was on a voyage from Gefle to Chatham with a cargo of timber, large rolls of news printing paper and Sodium Chlorate The fire soon became intense and quickly spread out of control through the cargo holds. After a series of violent explosions, the crew abandoned ship, 3-miles off Skinningrove. She burnt for five days, helped by her cargo of wood and giant paper rolls and then on the 10th November, there was a huge explosion and the vessel foundered, but with no loss of life.
The wreck lies in navigable waters and when divers surveyed her, she was found to be above the required clearance depth and declared a shipping hazard. Following a restriction order in August 1991, the wreck was reduced in height.
The following is a story that appeared in the ‘DAILY MIRROR’ on Wednesday 8th July 1992:
By a Mirror Reporter:
“SHIP SCOTCH SPIRITED OFF BY PIRATES”
Underwater pirates plundered a shipwreck, making off with all the baccy and booze, it was revealed yesterday. Official divers found hundreds of bottles of bonded scotch had been spirited away…just like the film ‘Whiskey Galore’. So had a consignment of cigarettes and anything else the sub aqua looters could remove. An exclusion zone was thrown around the STORA KORSNA LINK ONE after it sank near Skinningrove, Cleveland, eight-months ago. But salvage firm boss John Noble said yesterday, “There is just the skeleton of a ship down there”. His divers found that the ship’s bell, wheel and even the brass screws from portholes had been taken by cheeky amateurs. And the bond store was empty, he said “They had taken everything that was not screwed down and many things that were”. The bonded goods had been loaded for the skipper and his crew only.
Did you dive with Kev of saltburn scuba? Does the dive have to be done at slackwater? I had a great time on the acclivity in Sep, this is about as far as my deep wreck experiance goes. I remember Kev saying there's something tricky about the dive but can't remember the details.
Yes i have been with Kev and also alot with our club rib.Its a 10 mile trip from S/Gare so the conditions need to be good as it can be long hard ride back.Diving it on a neap tide gives a larger window of slack,spring tides give you about 1.5 hours.Its a large wreck that takes a good few dives to see it all.
I'll sort it in the next couple of weeks, i'll keep both your details, 25th would be perfect and the slack tide time is spot on too. Cheers for the info, got me even more excitied! i've got a few buddies who are sure to be interested!
The nearest is South Gare,but you now have to join the club to be able to launch.I have heard you can launch yourself(4x4) from Saltburn beach however i went to look and couldnt find anywhere.As for Whitby its a fair old trip.
Mark, I am lead to believe that Kev will pick divers up at Saltburn, not sure about launching your boat, it should be possible as there are local fishing boats that put to sea from there.
Whitby would be too far I think.
Like the man said, Whitby would be a bit of a trek to this site. Yes you can launch from the beach at Saltburn and the wreck is only 2 miles or so from there but you'd need a small boat/trailer as it would need to be pushed into the water by hand - no decent slip there. That's why I don't launch from there - that and the 1 in 4 hills either side of it! I can pick up from the beach at Saltburn which cuts down the journey time to the wreck.
Its James Hartley, dived from K2 with you twice last year, Chris Angus sorted it. Had a great two days with you, always remember chris angus, using a safety pin to save us all! I'll say no more. What a top skipper, looked after us and made us laugh all day long. Can i book K2 for 25th Feb, Whats max cap of K2? I'll ring you later to confirm (this week). 100th dive its gotta be the ferry or summit special, can't wait.
Ps. I told you we were flooding,