• Short Summary

    All hope has been
    abandoned Feb 2 for the 2,875 ton Danish motor ship 'Hans Hedtoft' which struck
    an iceberg off Greenland during a blizzard (Jan 30). 39 crew and 54 passengers,
    including women and children, are believed to have perished.

  • Description

    All hope has been
    abandoned Feb 2 for the 2,875 ton Danish motor ship 'Hans Hedtoft' which struck
    an iceberg off Greenland during a blizzard (Jan 30). 39 crew and 54 passengers,
    including women and children, are believed to have perished. VISNEWS filmed the
    ship during sea trials prior to her maiden voyage.

    Repeated SOS signal from the ship, "Collision with Iceberg, Engine room flooded.

    Filling rapidly. Need immediate assistance", were the first intimation that all
    was not well. Ships were alerted and aircraft took off but high seas and a 60
    mph blizzard cut visability to a few yards. Two German trawlers, reported near
    the area met with no success. Further calls of "Sinking-require immediate
    assistance' came from the stricken ship. Weather conditions made rescuers
    powerless. Almost 8,000 sq miles of the Atlantic have now been systematically
    searched by air and sea. Operations continue at full strength.

    The 'Hans Hedtoft' made its outward maiden voyage-Copenhagen-Julianehaab,
    Greenland-in the New Year and was returning to Copenhagen with a cargo of frozen
    fish and a half load of passengers.

    Equipped with a forest of radar gear, waterproof compartments and a double hull
    for crushing through ice, it seemed that the ship was unsinkable, yet somehow,
    it hit a towering, glistening, green mountain of ice. With her main engines out
    of action the vessel is feared to have succumbed to what Danish seamen call
    'screw ice', which corkscrews up the ships sides, spreads over their decks and
    engulfs them.

    Built in Frederikshavn, Denmark, the GBP750,000 'Hans Hedtoft' was a state owned
    vessel and therefore not insured. Her master Capt Peder Rasmussen, 58, with over
    20 years experience in Greenland waters, was judged on of the most skilful
    captains on the route.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA773F6CB67EE6R280POT2JFRUB
    Media URN:
    VLVA773F6CB67EE6R280POT2JFRUB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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