• Short Summary

    Visnews filmed Feb 2
    Copenhagen waiting for news at the Company offices of the ill-fated Danish motor
    vessel Hans Hedtoft lost with 95 passengers and crew off south Greenland's Cape
    Farewell after striking an iceberg Jan 30.

  • Description

    Visnews filmed Feb 2
    Copenhagen waiting for news at the Company offices of the ill-fated Danish motor
    vessel Hans Hedtoft lost with 95 passengers and crew off south Greenland's Cape
    Farewell after striking an iceberg Jan 30.

    The British-built lifeboat, filmed here, is of the same type as the lifeboats on
    the Hans Hedtoft. It can carry a week's supply of food and water. One of the
    searching aircraft crisscrossing the stormy disaster area reported Jan 31
    spotting a lifeboat. The aviators caught only a glimpse of it through bad
    visibility. They believed it had a black stripe beneath its gunwhale but the
    ship's owners - the Royal Greenland Trading Company - said their boats had no
    black stripe.

    At the company's offices, filmed here, people waited in hope for information of
    the search. They were the people who cheered, waved at the quayside when the
    newly-launched 2,875-ton ship sailed Jan 7 on its maiden voyage to Greenland.

    She was the biggest ship built for the run, and equipped with extra watertight
    compartments to keep her afloat in case of collision.

    In winter the voyage is always risky, a Company spokesman said. Captain P.

    Rasmussen, the Master, was the man to get through under all conditions. The
    Captain got through with his officers and men to Greenland. His passengers,
    mothers, fathers, and children safely landed. For the return voyage others
    clambered on board, settled in their berths and waited for Copenhagen to show
    through the porthole. Nineteen of them were women. Six of them were children.

    The berthing quay in Copenhagen of the Hans Hedtoft after five days of
    two-hourly news bulletins reporting the search was grimly silent. A discarded
    newspaper splashed the report of picking up faint irregular signals from what
    was believed to have come from a lifeboat's radio. But later it was believed the
    signals came from an aircraft.

    Empty barrels used for packing fish in salt lay stowed on the quay ready for the
    next sailing of the Hans Hedtoft. Now they will be stowed in the Kista Dan, a
    veteran of the stormy Greenland waters.

    Prayers were being said throughout the country for those in peril on the sea.

    The search continued from dawn to dusk but neither from the air nor from the
    ice-studded sea was there sign of survivors.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3MI92LF13X7L2O427TOMP50FB
    Media URN:
    VLVA3MI92LF13X7L2O427TOMP50FB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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