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SHIP NAME: Silja KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type A
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material
dead 20
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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.


source CTX
type D
volume Y
material
dead
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The Silja, a nearly new 100,506 dwt ship. was hit by a much smaller vessel. These were pre-inert gas days. it is quite possible that if the Silja were inerted, the casualty list would have been very much smaller.

Not in Cahill. We need cause, damage location, penetration info.