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SHIP NAME: Silver Castle KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source HOOKE
type A
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material
dead
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The Liberian motor tanker Silver Castle was on a voyage from Ras Tanura to Moanda, Zaire loaded with 18,000 tons of crude oil when she was involved in a collision in dense fog with the South Africa steamship, S.A. Pioneer about 80 miles north of Port Elizabeth in last 33.48S long 26.47E on April 20, 1972. Immediately catching fire, holed and leaking oil the Silver Castle was abandoned by her crew, 16 of whom died. The other 19 were subsequently safely picked up. The tanker drifted, her fire being extinguished by HMS Lowestoft, until she was towed into Mossel Bay by the tug Euroman. Extensively gutted, the Silver Castle was towed out to sea, and deliberately sunk by bombing by South African Buccaneer fighter bombers.


source S. African Buccanneer Society
type D
volume
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The tanker's stern section was badly damaged, and she was towed out to sea, where her cargo of 10,000 tonnes of oil was transferred to another tanker.

She was then sunk by bombing.


source CTX
type C
volume Y
material C
dead 16
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No cause info. No volume info. Need a lot more info on this deadly casualty.