• Short Summary

    The last hours of a Taiwanese freighter, loaded with a cargo that included missile systems, produced dramatic film off the East Coast of New Zealand this week.

  • Description

    The last hours of a Taiwanese freighter, loaded with a cargo that included missile systems, produced dramatic film off the East Coast of New Zealand this week.

    Despite a last ditch salvage attempt, the 10,000 ton Union East finally succumbed to heavy seas and sank. She had been abandoned by her crew last weekend after developing a fifty-degree list to starboard during a storm.

    The Northland Harbour Board tug Raumanga managed to get a line aboard. But the freighter began to take water increasingly, and the battle to salvage her was finally lost.

    Ship and cargo were reportedly worth about two and a half million pounds. Freight included air missile support systems for the Australian Ikara rocket, on their way from Australia to Brazil.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4BVWOKR8VEWJ4PEGAPUZSCDTT
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BVWOKR8VEWJ4PEGAPUZSCDTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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