• Short Summary

    The 86,673-ton world's largest passenger liner, 'Queen Elizabeth' collided in fog July 29 with the 8,433-ton United States freighter "American Hunter" off Coney Island, New York's pleasure beach.

  • Description

    The 86,673-ton world's largest passenger liner, 'Queen Elizabeth' collided in fog July 29 with the 8,433-ton United States freighter "American Hunter" off Coney Island, New York's pleasure beach.

    Pausing for forty-minutes after the collision, the liner's commander, Commodore George Morris, decided to turn about and return to New York - she was bound for Southampton, England, with 1,959 passengers aboard.

    Little damage end no casualties were suffered by both vessels. Coincidentally they both suffered a 2-ft in diameter hole above the waterline near the bow. The giant liner also gathered a dent near the starboard hausepipe.

    As news of the collision was flashed over American radio networks, a large-scale emergency rescue operation was immediately organised. Would-be rescue craft circled the two vessels, helicopters hovered overhead, and the area was sealed off to other shipping.

    It was announced from the owner's (Canard) New York offices that the liner was ready to leave on her return journey just after mid-day July 30, but was being held up by widespread fog.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GS6JZ1ZU3V2D2LNMHP6MANTK
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GS6JZ1ZU3V2D2LNMHP6MANTK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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