|Wrecked on the Goodwin Sands 12 September 1946. She broke in two but the two halves were salved and towed to the River Blackwater, the forepart on 10 January 1947 and the afterpart on 10 June 1947. In the Blackwater, the two halves were moored alongside each other. She was then scrapped at Grays, Essex.
For more of the story, see HELENA MODJESKA - a Liberty Ship
7 April 1947 Jeff Curtiss recorded that the fore part only was in the Blackwater.
She is mentioned in "Tide Time" by A.S.Bennett, stating that she had gone on his trip on the MIROSA in Jun 1948.
10 Jan 1947 Dover Express [with thanks to British Newspaper Archive]
The fore end of the American steamer "Helena Modjeska," which had been lying at anchor in the Downs since being towed off the Goodwin Sands, was towed to the River Blackwater, on Tuesday, by the tug "Salvonia" assisted by the salvage vessel "Star of the Realm.". All the cargo and equipment had been removed from that part of the vessel.
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 21 March 1947 Compensation 10 wks 3 days (i.e. from 7 January 1947). American Steamship Lines.
- 25 July 1947 Compensation 1 wk 4 days and 6 wks 3 days (i.e. starts 14 July 1947 and 10 June 1947)
- 10 June 1948 Compensation 1 wk 6 days, owner British Iron & Steel Corp.
From George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List.
Forepart arrived 10 Jan 1947, sailed 10 June 1948 in tow SUN X and SUN XV.
Afterpart arrived 12 June 1947 and sailed for London 8 June 1948 in tow SUN X, SUN XV and SUN XVI.
"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton says
"two sections of the HELENA MODJESKA were brought into the River and moored together presenting an incongruous sight. These vessels were afterwards taken away and scrapped.