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SHIP NAME: Philippine Leader KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead 6
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The Philippine motor tanker Philippine Leader was proceeding in ballast from Fos to Mena al Ahmadi. Kuwait when she was abandoned by her crew following violent explosions on board some 33 miles SE of East London in lat 33.39.30S long 27.57.30E on June 25, 1973. Six crewmen died. The other 40, including two with serious burn injuries, were rescued by vessels in the area. Drifting, still on fire, the Philippine Leader broke in two about 50 miles SE of East London. The afterpart sank almost immediately, while the forepart was towed to a position off Port Elizabeth before proceeding to Durban Roads.


source CTX
type C
volume
material
dead
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The forepart was converted to a barge. Given that it broke in two, we will assume a tank explosion. Probably tank cleaning, but we don't know. Inert gas might have helped.