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SHIP NAME: Texaco Caribbean KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source MOSTERT
type D
volume
material
dead
link

The Peruvian freighter Paracas, entered the English Channel and, instead of using the northbound lane off the French coast as she was supposed to do, took the shorter and more convenient downbound lane along the English coast. She struck the Panamanian tanker Texaco Caribbean and the resulting explosion shattered windows five miles away in Folkstone. Nine men went down with the ship.

The British coastal authorities marked the sunked Texaco Caribbean with three vertical green lights as a wreck warning. The following day a German freighter, the Brandenburg, outbound for North America, hit the wreck and sank with a loss of more than half her thirty-one-man crew. The British added a lightship and five light buoys to the green lights on the site, but on February 28 a Greek freighter, Niki, struck the two ships and herself went down, taking her entire crew of twenty-two. A second lightship and nine more buoys were added to the collection of wrecks, but on March 16 an unidentified tanker ignored a barrage of rockets and flashing lights from the guard ships, ran through one row of buoys and, to everyone's suprise, got away with it and vanished. Within a two-month period, sixteen ships were reported by British coastal authorities for having ignored the elaborate arrangement of lights and signals and entered the area of the wrecks, which have since been demolished."

Noel Mostert_Supership_(1974) at 63-64.


source CEDRE
type D
volume 600T
material bunker and ballast
dead
link http://www.le-cedre.fr/en/spill/texaco_caribbean/texaco_caribbean.php

Says 8 killed in original collision, 21 lost on Brandenburg, and entire crew of Nikki.


source CTX
type D
volume 600T
material B
dead 51
link

The Caribbean was southbound in ballast from Netherlands to Trinidad. The Paracas, on the wrong side, was northbound loaded from Peru to Hamburg. Guessing that the encounter was nearly head-on but need confirmation. Some sources indicate the Caribbean was blown in two by the explosion. The casualties were in the forward house. Photos of the sunken stern make it clear, that the main damage was forward.

IG might have been a big help.