• Short Summary

    THE 100,000 TON TANKERS, BRITISH ARGOSY, WAS LAUNCHED FROM WALLSEND OF TYNE YESTERDAY (MONDAY). ORDERED?

  • Description

    THE 100,000 TON TANKERS, BRITISH ARGOSY, WAS LAUNCHED FROM WALLSEND OF TYNE YESTERDAY (MONDAY). ORDERED BY BRITISH PETROLEUM, SHE IS THE LARGEST SHIP EVER BUILT IN A TYNESIDE SHIPYARD.

    BRITISH ARGOSY IS A SISTER SHIP TO BRITISH ADMIRAL, LAUNCHED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH AT BARROW-IN-??? IN NORTHERN ENGLAND LAST YEAR. SHE IS THE 45TH SHIP BUILT BY SWAN, HUNTER AND WIGHAM RICHARDSON FOR BRITISH PETROLEUM.

    THE LAUNCH WAS A TRICKY JOB SINCE THE TYNE RIVER, INTO WHICH SHE SLID IS ONLY 140 FEET (??? 67 METRES) WIDER THAN THE 917 FEET (279.5 METRES) LENGTH OF HE TANKER. SOME 1,250 TONS OF DRAG CHAIN WERE USED TO CONTROL ENTRY INTO THE RIVER AND PREVENT THE SHIP FROM STRIKING THE OPPOSITE BANK.

    THIS WAS ACHIEVED WITHOUT MISHAP. BUT A STRONG WIND DRIFTED THE HUGE SHIP UP AGAINST THE QUAY SIDE. A TUG BROUGHT HER SWIFTLY UNDER CONTROL WITH ONLY A SLIGHT PAINT SCRAPE ON THE HULL.

    SWAN HUNTER'S CHAIRMAN, SIR JOHN HUNTER. SIR CHAIRMAN, SIR SAID HIS COMPANY'S YARD COULD BUILD A SHIP WELL OVER 200,000 TONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4PYHOGFMQ9BMHRY0MUFM8IWH
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4PYHOGFMQ9BMHRY0MUFM8IWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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