Greek TT Atlantic Empress, loaded with 270,000 tons Jebel Dhanna to Texas,
collided with Liberan TT Aegean Captain, loaded with 210,000 tons,
in rainstorm off Tobago at 1915, 1979-07-19.
Empress was holed, caught fire, 29 of 34 man crew lost.
Captain holed on starboard bow, was also on fire forward
and crew abandoned ship but with many injuries.
On the night of July 21/22, tugs towed still blazing
Empress out to sea, with 10 of her 15 cargo tanks still intact.
About 300 miles NE of Tobago big explosion and she sank.
Captain was reboarded and managed to put fire out.
Ship was towed to Curacao, lightered and then scrapped.