• Short Summary

    THE 9,500-TON BRITISH FREIGHTER 'WOODBURN', WHICH RAN HARD AGROUND ON A REEF NEAR A LIGHTHOUSE, 35 MILES EAST OF SINGAPORE TEN DAYS AGO, WAS REFLOATED ON NOVEMBER 17.

  • Description

    1.
    LS WOODBURN ON REEF
    2 ft

    2.
    MLS DUMPING BAUXITE (TWO SHOTS)
    10 ft

    3.
    MS WOODBURN FROM STERN
    12 1/2 ft

    4.
    MS PASSING TO WIRE TO FREIGHTER
    17 ft

    5.
    MS RELEASING CHAIN (TWO SHOTS)
    22 ft

    6.
    MS MASTER BOSWELL GIVING INSTRUCTIONS
    25 ft

    7.
    MS ENGINE ROOM
    27 1/2 ft

    8.
    CU 3,500 H.P. DRIVE
    30 ft

    9.
    MS ENGINEERS AT WORK
    32 ft

    10.
    CU TELEGRAPH
    34 ft

    11.
    CU MAIN SHAFT
    36 ft

    12.
    CU PISTONS
    38 ft

    13.
    MS ENGINE ROOM
    40 ft

    14.
    MS CHEERS AS WOODBURN REFLOATS
    43 ft

    15.
    LS FREIGHTER AFLOAT
    45 ft

    16.
    LS LIGHTHOUSE
    46 ft

    17.
    LS SHE SAILS OFF (TWO SHOTS)
    50 ft



    Initials CAR/S/GAP/YA/AMR



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE 9,500-TON BRITISH FREIGHTER 'WOODBURN', WHICH RAN HARD AGROUND ON A REEF NEAR A LIGHTHOUSE, 35 MILES EAST OF SINGAPORE TEN DAYS AGO, WAS REFLOATED ON NOVEMBER 17.

    ABOUT 3,000 TONS OF BAUXITE, WORTH THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND MALAYSIAN DOLLARS, WAS DUMPED OVER BOARD.THE REMAINING CARGO IS LIKELY TO BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER SHIP.

    THE HIGH SEA DRAMA WAGED BY THE ROYAL NAVY SALVAGE TEAM, AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE FAST APPROACHING NORTH-EAST MONSOON, PROVED SUCCESSFUL AT 9.45 A.M.WHEN THE TIDE WAS COMING UP.

    THE POWERFUL 3,500 HORSEPOWER SALVAGE TUG, 'NIMBLE' UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN JAMES BOSWELL, FREED THE 'WOODBURN' AMID A FIERCE THUNDER-STORM.

    'WOODBURN', WHICH SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE, WAS ON THE WAY TO JAPAN FROM MALAYSIA WHEN HIT THE REEF, NEAR THE HORSBURG LIGHTHOUSE.

    FOUR HOURS LATER, SHE STEAMED INTO THE EASTERN ANCHORAGE OF THE SINGAPORE HARBOUR - WITH HER MASTER, CAPTAIN K.G.BLACK.

    THE 'WOODBURN', MEANWHILE, WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE SINGAPORE TILL SHE HAD BEEN GRANTED A NEW CERTIFICATE OF SEA WORTHINESS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9Y72WB5HMJA0T3A5VSH46102G
    Media URN:
    VLVA9Y72WB5HMJA0T3A5VSH46102G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (1)

  1. RoySwan says

    I was age 18 deck cadet on Woodburn when this occured. Ship owned by Burnside Shipping and managed by Common Bros. of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Chief Mate put the ship into automatic pilot and sent the helmsman to keep a lookout on the bridge wing. He then sat in the Captains chair and fell asleep. We hit Horsburgh (Pedra Branca) reef at full speed and stopped about 150m from the lighthouse. Ripped the bottom out from bow to # 3 hold but the heavy bauxite ( aluminium ore) held the tanks tops in. Salvage was done by the Royal Navy vessels tug 'Nimble' and salvage vessels 'Bahrain and Barfoil' with a civvy Salvage Master . Large anchors were laid astern with purchase blocks leading wires back to tugs. Bauxite shown being dumped over the side, about 2500 tonnes. This movie shows the final pull off and steaming towards Singapore, engines/pumps still working. We spent 3 months in Keppel Harbour dry dock replacing the bottom, crew living aboard. My voyage ended up 21 months

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