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SHIP NAME: Nora KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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The mid and late 1960's saw two more dramatic tanker salvages in the channel. The first was the Nora, a 9,000 ton tanker that collided with the much larger 29,000 ton tanker Otto N Miller at 7.37am on 27th March 1965. She immediately caught fire and Meeching was despatched from Newhaven. Once in attendance, she put out the fires, and with the ship made safe, Meeching prepared to tow her to Rotterdam. Once underway, however, the brand new towline mysteriously snapped, allowing the German salvage tug Hermes to rush in and claim the 'prize'.

The Argus reported at the time that the Nora's master, Captain Trvgve Tyse, had remained on board and had awarded the towage contract to Hermes, but doesn't say whether this was before or after the snapping of the towline! Either way, Meeching's crew, and British Railways, were not pleased and a settlement was eventually made, but much less than it might have been. It would seem that all is fair in love, war and salvage! To his dying day, my Dad believed that Hermes rode over the towline but nothing could ever be proven. It would be virtually unheard of for a tug company like the one that operated Hermes to do such a thing and there's no one left alive to ask now. However the only photo of the occasion shows Hermes in way too close to a casualty under tow, having been asked to stand clear. We'll never know!


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Little firm info on this collision, but apparently the (possibly) loaded 13,470 dwt Norwegian tanker Nora collided with the Liberian flag Otto N Miller 10 mile South of Beachy Head in dense fog on 1965-03-37. (One source says April 24). Both ships caught fire. Pictures of the Nora show her entire forepeak tank missing. The bow is pushed back about to the one's across, pretty evenly. Looks like she was the hitter. Also looks like she was loaded. She ended up being scrapped at Santander.

I believe 53,755 dwt Otto N Miller was a Chevron ship. Later switched this name to a VLCC.

The spill volume is from the 1973 MIT Georges Bank Study. This casualty should be in Hooke but is not? Hard to believe no one was hurt.