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SHIP NAME: World Glory KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source SIS83
type C
volume
material
dead
link

Broke in 2 in hvy weather. SIS has date 1968-06-28.


source OSCH
type A
volume 334043B
material kuwaiti crude
dead 24
link http://oilspills.org/World_Glory.htm

At 1500 on June 13, 1968, the World Glory, bound for Huelva, Spain, broke up approximately 65 miles ENE of Durban, South Africa. At the time of the incident the weather consisted of southwesterly gale force winds, overcast skies, heavy swells, and poor visibility. Only ten of the 34 crew members survived the accident. The stern section of the vessel sank after about two hours, while the bow section drifted southwest with the Agulhas Current. The bow was presumed to sink at 30 06 S, 031 54 E, approximately 40 miles from the initial breakup. All the ship's cargo, 334,043 barrels of Kuwait crude oil, eventually spilled into the Indian Ocean. The response was led by the Port Captain of Durban. Since the economy of Natal, South Africa, depended on the upcoming winter tourist season, the primary response goal was to keep the oil from impacting the mainly recreational shoreline.


source HOOKE
type D
volume
material
dead 25
link

TT World Glory loaded broke in two and caught fire about 90 miles off the Durban coast in heavy weather. Rescue hampered by mountainous waves and gale force winds. Stern section where most of crew were capsized and sank. Radio officer later stated that the tanker broke in two so suddenly that there was no time for lifeboats to be launched. Hooke had 1968-06-14 as date.

60 mile long, 2 mile wide slick moved slowly out to sea.


source OSIR
type A
volume 48214T
material C
dead
link

Says 105 km east of Durban, Cause hull failure.


source CTX
type A
volume 334043B
material C
dead 24
link

OSCH mentions 50-70 foot waves. Obviously a structural failure, but we cant be sure of why: underdesign, corrosion, fatigue? Ship was built 1954 at Quincy, 28,323 GRT, so by modern standards she should have been very strong. As always, there are the freak wave proponents. This might be one time when they may be right. Need more info.