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SHIP NAME: Golden Jay KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source MITCHELL
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In 1968 Esso Canterbury was sold to Camelot Shipping Ltd and renamed Golden Jay. On 14th May 1972, on a voyage from Los Angeles to Venezuela in ballast, there was an explosion and she sank 200 miles douth of Mazatlan, postion 20.10N 106.34W


source HOOKE
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The British flag steam tanker Golden Jay, registered at Hamilton Bermuda was on a ballast voyage from Los Angeles to Venezuela when she sank about 175 miles south of Mazatlan, Mexico in lat 20.10N, long 106.34W on May 14, 1972 after four explosions ripped through her. All 37 crew men were rescued but three of the four American repair workers who were in an empty forward tank died. The master Captain Petors Karamaus said that 30 ft flames erupted from the exploding tank, which had carried a cargo of naptha to Los Angeles on her previous voyage.


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Almost certainly hotwork in a tank that turned out not to be gas free. But why did the tank need hotwork? Clearly something was wrong with the structure. And even if the crew did do a proper job of purging this tank, when the structure is bad, there is the chance of gas leaking in from a neighboring tank. Do we blame the corroded/cracked stucture or the crew?