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SHIP NAME: Saint Chris KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
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While on a ballast passage from Philadelphia to Curacao, numerous explosions, followed by fires, occurred in tanks Nos 7 to 11 on board the Liberian OBO Saint Chris, while gas-freeing in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States in lat 32.15N, long 70.52W on February 27, 1979. Of the 40 man crew, only the quartermaster was lost. He disappeared while standing on the bridge wing, and was never seen again, presumably having been blown overboard by the force of the blasts.

According to the Master, the first explosion occurred while washing tank No 9. The blast blew the covers of tanks No 7 to 11 overboard and also fractured the port side iwo of No 11 tank and damaged the bridge and accommodation. All but the master and three crew were evacuated from the stricken ship, which was then towed to Jacksonville by the tug Smit Pioneer.


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Declared a CTL and resurrected as Good Champion. Lots of strangeness on this one. 11 holds on a 60,000 ton OBO? Crew is too big, repair team on board? Need a lot more info.