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Hodgy1990

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ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:16:33 PM »

hi all, bought this 1.48m long HMS Myrmidon from jonty, here is the add photo

 
shall get more detalied pics soon as i get round to it,
at first look over though hull needs alot of tlc, rear deck has spread out so needs pulled back into shape and possibly more supports put in to hold her together, masts need reataching and rerigging then pretty much just repaint her to freshen her up, cannot wait to start this, shall keep you all updated on the progress, cheers all
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 04:17:00 AM »

Looking forward to it Hodgy - even thought about buying it but sense prevailed as my shed is full of projects already.
Dave
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 09:20:11 PM »

same here dave, cant wait to start this project and i know what you mean i have loads of other projects on the go at the moment, about 5 boats inc my 4ft 6 inch guided missile destroyer ( in beginners thread under newbie build) and also in the middle of restoring a 21 year old car lmao, loads to do so i know where your coming from, shall hopefully be posting more pics up later of her as she stands now before i start in a couple of weeks
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 10:41:34 PM »

right people, more pics of the myrmidon as promissed








here comes the sad parts  <:(
the rear hatch suport frame has come avay from its self and spread as seen in bottom left of the next picture

you can see how much its has moved in the next picture

next set of photos are most of the damage to the hull, forgot to get a photo of the one on the bottom of the boat






 
 so just a preview of some of the work i have upcoming cant wait to start
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 02:08:26 PM »

So how accurate is the model? Have you been able to find any images to assist you?

Dave
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 03:02:04 PM »

I don't know Dave. When I come to start her I am goin to look for photos will post some up when I can find some.

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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 07:45:31 PM »

Well I have had a little nose around and cobbled this together from a lot of places. She was the sixth ship to carry the name HMS Myrmidon and was an M Class, destroyer built by Fairfield, Govan yard number 676 laid down 07-Dec-1939, launched 02-Mar-1942, Propulsion: steam, turbine,
Engine is 2 x geared turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, dual shaft Tonnage: 1920 tons disp.  Length: 354 feet, Breadth: 37 feet Draught: 10 feet, 36.5 knots, 48,000 shp. Her armament shows as 6 4.7" guns on twin mount, 1 x 4" gun, 4 2 pdr. on quad mount, 5 20 mm mg, 4 x 21" T.T.

She was commissioned 05-Dec-1942 and was loaned to the Polish Navy in Nov-1942 before her completion and was renamed Orkan. So maybe there will only be Orkan photos anyway?

In early 1943, the destroyer escorted the convoy JW-53 to Russia, returned with the convoy RA-52 and then she operated as convoy escort in the North Atlantic. In July 1943, she transferred the body of the Polish Supreme Chief General Władysław Sikorskifrom Gibraltar to England. There must be a photo or news reel of that event.

Later in the year she was sunk in only a few minutes with a Gnat homing torpedo at 07:05 on 08-Oct-1943 by U-610 south of Iceland  during convoy SC143. 178 Polish crew were lost along with 20 British lost. One officer and 43 ratings were rescued by the HMS Musketeer (G 86) (Cdr R.L. Fisher, OBE, DSO, RN). The Orkan captain was Cdr Stanislaw Hryniewiecki  and her normal complement was 221~247.  Here is a long list of people associated with the ship and may provide a lead to more info http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship3100.html She had had a previous close call  at 21.58 hours on 7 Oct, 1943, ORP when she  had been missed by a Gnat (from U-758 Manseck) that detonated in her wake.

The active time frame is quite short and the likeliest language to find her more detailed photos  might be Polish - family snaps etc.  Might need a Polish speaking member to have a root about? I did find a half decent close up shot at http://gcaptain.com/frogman-comics/ pre camouflage too. Then below that is the usual shot of her.

 Just found the photo for sale 5 at http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=350459418656

Now the ships crest is 65 to buy but you can copy the image for free at http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=300775727575

Dave ... Time for a cuppa tea
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 08:26:55 PM »

You Tubes "the suspicious death of general Sikorsky part 3" at about 6mins 50 seconds shows your ship for a few seconds and proves there is a film to seek out and the uk bit seemed very clear too. So any sight of the ship on that would be useful.

Dave
Sorry no actual link - an iPhone and You Tube thing. Just found this? http://www.britishpathe.com/video/general-sikorski-and-the-polish-navy
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 08:31:00 PM »

Wow Dave cheers for the info really apreciate it time for more digging I think lol very impressive again mate. Thank you  :}
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 08:35:57 PM »

Just found nice fact about the name orkan. The polish word orkan in English means hurricane lol. Must have been a really effective ship
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 08:45:12 PM »


He Shoots He Scores - Pathe http://www.britishpathe.com/video/general-sikorski
They probably have a longer version if you ask them but I'm pleased with this anyway

Dave
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 09:02:46 PM »

My god lol jackpot hahahah cheers Dave
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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 10:56:41 PM »

Good luck with this project Rob....think will look great when is restored..... :-))


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Re: ORP Orkan (HMS Myrmidon) restoration
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 11:00:46 PM »

Cheers mike. I hope I do the model the justice that it diserves. Cheers again

Rob
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