Built by ‘Vickers-Armstrong’, Barrow & launched on 29th July 1945 as LST 3044. Named HMS Narvik in 1947. She was flagship of the British Task Force for the Atomic Bomb tests in Monte Bello Islands in May 1956. Became a ‘Submarine Support Ship’ at Chatham & then, in 1960, became a Depot Ship to the 108th Minesweeping Squadron in Malta – Broken up in 1965
We have just received (26th Aug 2014) the following information from Michael Terry who’s father served as a Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic during 1947/48. “It was believed that the Narvik had been scrapped but this was not quite the case. The hull is still in use today as a floating pontoon now called Portal Narvic, it is currently in use by the Medway Maritime trust as a platform for the restoration of Paddle tug John H Amos. It is moored off St’ Mary’s island in the River Medway“.
Received from Chris Evans 05-04-2015: “My father Arthur Lewis Evans (died 2000) was CPO EA on Narvik during her entire commission to the Pacific in 58/59. He told me the reason for burying people at sea was because Christmas Island was composed entirely of Coral and any attempt at burial would result in the the body reappearing at a later date.
I remember going to meet the ship with my mother in Chatham on its return.
With regard to health effects from the bombs, he developed cataracts in both eyes in later life and had several nasty lesions on his arms. He died of lung cancer, (probably due to the RN fags!) but at least it was at the respectable age of 87″.
Hope this helps.