Twenty lives were lost when the Norwegian motor tanker Silja
exploded and sank within minutes of a collision
with French motor vessel Ville De Majunga, 8,169 gross
in the Mediterranean south of Giens Penisula near Toulon
in lat 42.42N:006.08E during the early hours of July 24, 1969.
Numerous vessels raced to the scene,
successfully picking up 19 survivors from the 35 men and four women crew.
The Ville de Majunga, dwarfed by the Silja,
was badly damaged in the bow area,
but managed to reach the safety of Toulon Roads.
She also caught fire following the collision,
two of her crew being badly burned.
The Silja was on a ballast voyage from Genoa to the Persian Gulf
at the time of the collision.