• Short Summary

    OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND, THE BLAZING LIBERIAN STEAMER "SOUTH AMERICA" HAS BEEN TOWED AGROUND.?

  • Description

    OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND, THE BLAZING LIBERIAN STEAMER "SOUTH AMERICA" HAS BEEN TOWED AGROUND. THE SHIP, 5,361 TONS, WAS BURNING FROM BOW TO STERN AFTER FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE HOLDS ON FRIDAY AND AT ONE TIME THE INTENSE HEAT FORCED BACK FIRE-FIGHTING TUGS.

    THE CAPTAIN AND CREW WERE TAKEN OFF SAFELY SOON AFTER THE FIRE BEGAN AND A SALVAGE CREW THAT BOARDED THE SHIP HAD TO ABANDON BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF EXPLOSION FROM BOTTLES OF ACETYLENE AND BARRELS OF PETROL ABOARD THE STRICKEN VESSEL.

    SALVAGE EXPERTS SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THERE WAS LITTLE HOPE OF SAVING THE SHIP. THEY SAID IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE HULL WOULD BE BLASTED OPEN BY THE HEAT. IF NOT, THE BLAZE WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR MANY DAYS.

    THE 19 YEAR-OLD "SOUTH AMERICA", OWNED BY THE EMPIRE SHIPPING CORPORATION OF MONROVIA, WAS BOUND FOR HAMBURG FROM VALPARAISO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9MVA823FT22DI54K2ATB0LYK7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MVA823FT22DI54K2ATB0LYK7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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