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SHIP NAME: Fogo, Trentbank KEY: 19640819_001 NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source CAHILL-C
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Collision between Portuguese 17,557 grt steam tanker Fogo and British freightor Trentbank on 18th September 1964. Both ship had just gone through the Suez Canal in the same convoy. They had departed Port Said with tha fully loaded Fogo in the lead doing 11 knots. The Trentbank was doing 14.5 knots. Both ships were on a course of 288. The weaher and visibility were good. The Trentbank altered slightly to pass the Fogo, but the separation was only about 250 m. Just after the Trentbank passed the Fogo, the Trentbank's steering gear failed, the ship turned to starboard directly into the path of the Fogo. The officer of the watch was working on the log book at the time. The Fogo hit the Trentbank midships starboard, flooding her enginer room. The Trentbank She was taken in tow but ended up sinking as the weather worsened.

It came out that the Trentbank's steering gear had suffered several recent failures.


source HOOKE
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The British motor vessel Trentbank was on voyage from Australia to Liverpool when she was involved in a serious collision with the Portugese steam tanker Fogo about 70 miles NNW of Alexandria on September 18, 1964. Her engine room began to flood and water also entered No 4 hold.

Steam tanker Harold H Helm answered the Trentbank's distress signals and proceeded to the scene, rescuing eight passengers and over 50 crew members from the Trentbank, whose master and three other officers decided to remain on board. One crew member was lost as a direct result of the collision.

She was anchored off Port Said during the afternoon of Sep 22nd, but the weather then deteriorated, resulting in the Trentbank sinking the following day about 8.5 miles offshore in 80 feet of water, with only her mast projecting above water.


source CTX
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Court case focused on Trentbank's passing too close, and not keeping proper watch, rather than the steering gear failure, despite the fact that it is clear that there would have been no collision if the steering gear had not failed.