The British 4,354-ton cable ship Ocean Layer was filmed from a RAF Shackleton as the drifted in the Atlantic June 17 after being abandoned by her crew following a severe fire the previous day.
AIR V.German Salvage vessel nearest, burnt out cable layer furthest from camera.
CLOSE AIR V..Cable layer.
CLOSE AIR V..Ditto.
LV Cable layer furthest.
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Background: The British 4,354-ton cable ship Ocean Layer was filmed from a RAF Shackleton as the drifted in the Atlantic June 17 after being abandoned by her crew following a severe fire the previous day. Film also shows the German motor vessel Flavia which rescued 98 men from the burning ship.
The Ocean Layer had been engaged in laying cable for a new transatlantic telephone service between America and France and had American and French telephone and telegraph executives on board.
When the blaze died down the flavia's master put his first officer and six men on the burnt-out cable ship. They managed to attach a line but were unable to get the cable ship under tow.
Early June 17 the Dutch tug Lore tried to take the wreck in tow. She was told by the flavia to keep away as the Flavia's German owners had already agreed that only a german tug was to be allowed to carry out the salvage job. Later in the day they were joined by the tug Wotan from Hamburg.
The Ocean Layer's rescued crew will be landed at Falmouth June 19.