Seven crewmen lost their lives
when the Norwegian motor tanker Ferncastle
broke in two and sank some 350 miles west of Cadiz
in lat 35.43N, long 13.15W on February 17, 1971,
following as explosion and fire on board.
The Ferncastle had been proceeding in ballast
from Wilhelmshaven to Forcados, Nigeria
whent he explosion occurred in an empty tank at 7:35 PM on Febrary 17.
The master, Captain Bjarne Helvik, one of the survivors,
reported that he witnessed from the bridge the explosion
which ripped the vessel open from No 3 tank to No 1.
Due to the intense heat, the crew rushed for the lifeboats.
The other survivors, all of whom were picked up
by the Spanish motor vessel Navipesa Dos,
included 30 men, four women, and a two year old child.
They were all landed in Lisbon.