• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S LUXURY LINER "CANBERRA", CRIPPLED BY FIRE IN HER ENGINE ROOM, LIMPED INTO VALLETTA HARBOUR, MALTA, FOR REPAIRS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY).

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S LUXURY LINER "CANBERRA", CRIPPLED BY FIRE IN HER ENGINE ROOM, LIMPED INTO VALLETTA HARBOUR, MALTA, FOR REPAIRS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY). FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE 45,000-TON LINER'S ENGINE ROOM ON FRIDAY WHEN SHE WAS 160 MILES FROM MALTA, OUTWARD BOUND FROM SOUTHAMPTON FOR AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES.

    A RAPID DISTRESS CALL FROM "CANBERRA" SENT TWO BRITISH WARSHIPS RACING TO HER AID. UNABLE TO RAISE STEAM AND WITH SMOKE BILLOWING FORM HER ENGINE ROOM, THE LINER LAY ROLLING IN A SWELL WHILE FIREMEN FOUGHT THE BLAZE. THE LINER LATER REPORTED THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL AND THAT SHE DIDN'T NEED HELP. THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES.

    THE BLAZE PUT HER MAIN ENGINE TEMPORARILY OUT OF ACTION, BUT SHE WAS ABLE TO MAKE VALLETTA UNDER HER OWN STEAM AND MOORED IN THE HARBOUR WITH THE AID OF TUGS.

    MEANWHILE, CANBERRA'S 2,230 PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPTION OF COMPLETING THEIR VOYAGE BY AIR WHILE THE SHIP UNDERGOES REPAIRS. EXTENT OF THE FIRE DAMAGE IS NOT YET KNOWN, AND THE SHIP'S OWNERS, P AND O LINE, HAVE NOT SAID HOW LONG REPAIRS WILL TAKE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0FG5BB4FBHNQ3GSRPETFYE4Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0FG5BB4FBHNQ3GSRPETFYE4Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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