The Italian motor tanker San Nicola had just sailed from Brindisi
for Milazzo in ballast after discharging a cargo of naptha,
when a series of explosions and fires ripped through her,
four miles off Brindisi harbour on November 1, 1972.
Three of her 34 man crew died and another seven were injured.
The other 24 leapt overboard,
all being safely picked up from the water.
The San Nicola was then towed back into Brindisi,
listing heavily to port.
After being declared a CTL the extensively damaged vessel
was sold to shipbreakers at La Spezia for demolition.