• Short Summary

    The 650 passengers and crew of the French Line's 20,000-ton cruise liner "Antilles" were landed at Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday (9th January) after being brought to safety by the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth II".

  • Description

    The 650 passengers and crew of the French Line's 20,000-ton cruise liner "Antilles" were landed at Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday (9th January) after being brought to safety by the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth II".

    An official enquiry into the loss of the "Antilles" was opened in Port De France, Martinique, on Sunday (10 January). The vessel at that time was still smouldering on a reef just off the small Caribbean island of Mustique. The five million pound liner completed an extensive overhaul and refit in November, but is now described as a total loss, despite talk of salvage attempts.

    It's thought likely the "Antilles" may have been the victim of old faulty navigation charts which showed the water off Mustique to be much deeper than it really is.

    Among the fleet of vessels in the Caribbean which responded to the "Antilles" distress call was the "Queen Elizabeth II" which spent Friday evening picking up many of the passengers and crew from life-rafts. The huge liner then took them to Barbados 100 miles away, where they were landed safely together with other survivors who had been rescued by smaller craft.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7UCVLNER1SASOLZDUZK39Q01P
    Media URN:
    VLVA7UCVLNER1SASOLZDUZK39Q01P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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