On January 22, 1967, while on a voyage from Vitoria, Brazil
to Ymuiden, loaded with 23,000 tons of iron ore,
an explosion on board the Dutch ore/oil steamship Jacob Verolme
at 4:30 am when off the Canary Islands
in lat 27.06N, long 20.08W,
caused 40 crewmen to take to their lifeboats.
The only other member of the crew had been killed by the blast.
Even though there was very bad weather in the area at the time,
the Polish motor vessel Batory sighted the four lifeboats
being tossed about in the heavy seas
successfully managing to pick up all 40 men without loss.
Once of the survivors gravely injured woth burns
was rushed to hospital
when the Batory laded them at Las Palmas.
According to the survivors,
the explosion occured when a crewman was soldering a deck valve.
The resulting blast in the vessel's forepeak
caused the Jacob Verolme to keel over and eventually capsize.
The West German salvage tug Seefalke
managed to get a line on board,
towing the ore carrier keel up toward Las Palmas.
The ship was eventually towed to Gando Bay, Grand Canary
for an inspection.
A survey by divers revealed
that all the hatch covers were missing,
the cargo had emptied itself out,
and Nos 1 and 2 port cargo tanks
had been destroyed by the original explosion.
Declared a CTL, she was towed out to sea
and delberately sunk March 6.