The Liberian motor tanker Tekton was
on a ballast voyage from Falmouth to Bandar Mahshahr
when she was involved in a major collision
in dense fog with the 101,600 dwt Norwegian
bulk/oil motor vessel Obo Queen about nine miles
south of Cape St. Francis, near Port Elizabeth,
on October 10, 1974.
Explosions and fire immediately erupted
through the Liberian vessel,
which was abandoned by her 41 man crew.
They were all rescued by a local coaster.
The Tekton which was cut completely through
to the centerline in way of No 3 tank,
was then towed by fishing vessels
to Port Elizabeth Roads
where she was handed over to the tug Friesland.
The tow toward Durban commenced on october 30
but the Tekton broke in two on November 9-10
in lat 31.13S,long 31.35E.
The fire on the Obo Queen was quickly extinguished
by her crew. She managed to proceed to Port Elizabeth
with extensive bow and forecastle damage.