• Short Summary

    West German ships -- Munsterland and Nordwind -- were the first ships trapped in the Suez Canal since the 1967 war to leave the Great Bitter Lake on Wednesday (May 7) after the Egyptians agreed on their release.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Newsmen gather on bank of Suez
    0.03

    2.
    SV War debris (3 shots)
    0.14

    3.
    GV West German Vessel Munisterland leaves lake
    0.19

    4.
    SV Sirens blast from ship
    0.29

    5.
    SV Nordwind, another West German vessel, with crew on deck sails out of Bitter Lake
    0.46

    6.
    GV West German ships passing through lake
    0.50



    Initials BJB/0330 BJB/0345



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: West German ships -- Munsterland and Nordwind -- were the first ships trapped in the Suez Canal since the 1967 war to leave the Great Bitter Lake on Wednesday (May 7) after the Egyptians agreed on their release.

    Egyptian soldiers cheered and tugboats sounded their sirens as they sailed down the waterway.

    The removal of the 14 ships imprisoned in the waterway began at dawn -- almost the final operation in preparation for the planned reopening of the cancel on June 5.

    It is expected that the operation will be completed by May 24 -- less than two weeks before the reopening.

    Originally, 15 foreign tankers and freighters were stranded in the canal but one ship later sank.

    Of the 14 now left, four are from Britain, two each from Sweden, Poland and West Germany, with one each from the United States, France, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. Insurance claims on the ships and their cargoes were mostly settled long ago, and several of the ships have changed ownership more than once. Throughout their confinement in the lake, they have been manned by skeleton crews of three to four seamen.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3FZFB51R0OFIS77BW26Z439A
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FZFB51R0OFIS77BW26Z439A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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