• Short Summary

    The 23,665-ton tanker Esso Gettysburg ran aground at the entrance to New Haven harbour in Connecticut on Saturday (January 23), spilling thousands of gallons of oil onto the sea.

  • Description

    The 23,665-ton tanker Esso Gettysburg ran aground at the entrance to New Haven harbour in Connecticut on Saturday (January 23), spilling thousands of gallons of oil onto the sea.

    A Coastguard spokesman said the tanker, owned by the Humble Oil Company, freed herself but in the process holed ten of her 30 oil tank compartments.

    She was later moored at a wharf and a containment boom was placed around her. Work on removing the spilled oil from the water and pumping out her remaining tanks then began.

    The coastguard said the oil had spread over an area three miles long and half a mile wide. It was not evident on the sea, however, possibly because it was a light oil used for home heating.

    A spokesman for the oil firm said the oil would probably be dissipated by the waves and would then evaporate. None had reached the shore and there was no damage to marine life.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA78HF3FSMLWYO3Z1HWGIK8JHTY
    Media URN:
    VLVA78HF3FSMLWYO3Z1HWGIK8JHTY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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