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SHIP NAME: Circe KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead
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Only one member [the Chief mate] of the 39 man crew was rescued when the Liberian motor tanker Circe proceeding on ballast from the southern French port of Sete to Naples was ripped apart by an explosion south of Toulon in lat 42.32N, long 06.07E at about 10 PM on May 22, 1967

The Chief Mate went on to say that he thought that the explosion could have been caused by a flying spark from a metal ladder crashing around in heavy sea.


source CTX
type D
volume 120000T
material
dead 1
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This killer casualty happened a four days after the Torrey Canyon. It says something about the Tromedy's priorities that the Torrey Canyon in which 1 person died during the failed clean up effort dominated tanker regulation for ten years, while casualties like the Circe in which 38 people were killed go unnoticed.

This was in the pre-IG days. It is likely that, if the ship had been inerted, she and her crew would have survived.

It is also possible the ladder was not properly secured. Crews tend to get a little sloppy when faced with such a short and normally easy leg.