Seven men died and a further 31 were injured
when an explosion and subsequent fire
occurred at 8.07 am on April 2 1966
in the engine room of the Liberian steam tanker, Olympic Honour,
while she was undergoing maintenance work at a repair berth
All the afterpart of the vessel, including the engine room
and the aft accommodation was gutted.
There was also a very large hole in the hull plating
on the starboard side.
A second explosion rocked the tanker some four hours later,
with blazing oil engulfing the middle and aft sections.
Flames shot 150 feet high
before being contained by fireboats.
The final casualty toll included four crewman
and three repair workers dead,
and 15 crew and 16 repairers injured.
She was towed to la Spezia 14 months later,
where the aft and fore bodies clear of the cargo spaces
were removed for demolition.
The remainder of the vessel was converted
to a non-propelled derrick barge.