The Junk’s colourful history has many an old sea tale to tell, during her years on the high seas.
We have compiled a condensed version of her life thus far.
The Early days
The Shaolin was built in 1969 and was named The ‘Gloria Maris’ which means glory of the Sea (after a Cone shell).
She was created in Hip Cheong Ship yard Hong Kong, and was designed as a modified replica of famous ship Da Fu of Ming dynasty.
The vessel was built for a retired US Naval Fire Dept Captain Delmar Stone and his wife Joyce Stone; a librarian.
Based in Guam, exploring the Marianas Islands, they travelled around the world collecting rare seashells and parts of shipwrecks.
Gloria Maris was used as their private vessel and as a radio relay vessel.
They travelled around the world twice and survived 2 cyclones while visiting many islands for the purpose of rare and valuable shell collecting.
 It was rumoured she was once pirated and also used as a spy boat which worked with the CIA, relaying radio messages.
 (Fact or fiction?) Around 1983 Captain Stone passed away from late stage melanoma skin cancer in Australia, his wife returned to Los Angeles.
 She would now be in her mid 90’s.


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