I was very interested in P H Lewis’s letter of his graphic voyage from the River Thames to Bordeaux and back to London on board GSN’s MV Heron in the February 2019 issue of Sea Breezes.
But the photo which accompanied his letter was not his ship.
The photo was of the Dutch Heron built 1956 of 497 gross tons – a totally different vessel, roughly half the size against his Heron, 920 gross tons and built in 1957.
Sadly, the Dutch Heron was wrecked just north of Jersey on 16 September 1962 while on a voyage from St Helier for Portsmouth with 320 tons of produce. But having cleared to the west of Jersey, she strayed to far to the east and onto the Paternoster reef and sank. A photo of P H Lewis’s Heron is shown above.
(Ship photographer & Historian) St Brelade, Jersey