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SHIP NAME: world splendour KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source HOCKING
type A
volume
material D
dead 7
link

The Liberian tanker World Splendour, on a voyage from Fawley to Mena al Ahmadi, caught fire following two internal explosions on August 20th, 1957, 40-50 miles east of Gibraltar. 61 of the crew were taken off by other ships, but the captain and eight men remained on board. The fire was eventually extinguished, and on the 21st the tanker was taken in tow by two tugs, but sank before reaaching port. Seven of her crew were lost.


source MSI
type A
volume
material D
dead 15
link

Agrees date, puts location of sinking at 36.13N, 4.28W. But says 15 killed.


source CTX
type A
volume Y
material B
dead 15
link

Photos show fire is way forward, ship down by head. Fire ended up gutting forward house.

Cedre says spill was 1000 tons of bunkers, but this is probably a nominal figure.

Ship was delivered in February, 2007, so she was only six months old. 70 plus is far too many people on board. They must have been doing some major repairs to a nearly new ship. Guess is hotwork in improperly cleaned tanks, but this is just a guess.