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SHIP NAME: Ferncastle KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source HOOKE
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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.


source SIS83
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dead 7
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Broke in two and sank after explosion and fire in lat 35.43N, long 13.15W on 17/2/71. Explosion in forepart of ship, which ripped vessel from No 3 tank to No 1 tank. Six crew died and one repair worker missing.


source CTX
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dead 7
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A little late in the day to be tank cleaning. And it is unusual to have this many people forward this late in the day. The fact that a repair worker was one of the dead probably means something was going on in one of the forward tanks. And why such an intense fire from tanks that should have nil cargo in them? Ship was almost certainly not inerted. Ship was only four years old. Need more info.