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Subject: Stricken Cargo Ship
Yimmy    1/21/2007 1:36:03 PM
About this cargo ship which is beached off the South West of England, with pollution leaking from it and its containers floating off everywhere - am I the only one who thinks we should just use it as a target? There was an instance in the past, where I believe a stranded oil tanker off the UK was attacked by Buccaneers to finish her off and destroy much of the pollution - why can't we do the same here? We could send out the local Royal Navy escorts to provide naval gunfire with their 4.5 inch guns. We could line up any resident AS90, MLRS and 105mm Light Gun batteries along the coast. We could send out resident Harrier GR.7's, Tornado GR.4's, Hawk trainers and even Typhoon using its cannon. We could totally obliterate her. It would destroy much of the potential pollution, and would be a good laugh in the process. Okay, there may be some floating debris, but just get some tugs to mop up afterwards. The ship being just off the coast like that, all three armed services could be involved.
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Yimmy       1/21/2007 1:41:36 PM
Here is the instance I referred to.

The following photographs are of the wreck of the oil tanker Torrey Canyon. These details have been written and collaborated by David Axford and another Communicator, Colin (Taff) Davies,  who were both onboard HMS Daring at the time of the incident." width=292 border=0>

Depending on what source you read it was either Saturday March 18th or Sunday March 19th 1967 that the Torrey Canyon grounded on the Seven Stones Reef between Lands End and the Scilly Isles. She was sailing for Milford Haven with 120,000 tons of crude oil from Kuwaiti.

The immediate response was to try and salvage her. (see salvage attempt) Thirty thousand gallons of oil had escaped from the tanker and was moving steadily towards the Cornish coast by the prevailing wind and current. Detergent was used by Royal Navy vessels to try and disperse the oil. The Torrey Canyon had started to break up and Harold Wilson and his cabinet held a mini cabinet meeting at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and decided to order the setting fire to the remaining oil, to try and avoid the oil disaster getting worse.

In the meantime HMS Daring was in the middle of her work-up at Portland. This is when the ship and the men are put through every eventuality conceived, to test whether the men and the ship are proficient to become part of the operational fleet.

Given that the following dates of the bombing are accurate, we sailed in the early hours of Monday morning, that must have been the Easter Monday, 27th March 1967. Approximately seven sailors had just got off a coach at 04:00 from weekend leave and realising what was happening they quickly ducked behind one of the buildings on the pier, not wanting to go to sea that day. The First Lieutenant had spotted them from the Daring’s bridge wing and shouted at them to get onboard. As soon as they were onboard the gangway was raised and the ship sailed. The ship had been at 8 hours notice for steam and yet achieved the impossible by being ready for sea within just 3 hours!

There were quite a few ships’ company left behind, as leave didn't finish until 07:30 that morning. Only half the ship’s cooks were onboard. The communicators onboard worked watches of six hours on and six hours off for the three days we were required to be on station.

Daring's presence was required as a range safety ship to keep all unwanted shipping well away from the Torrey Canyon wreck. There were a large number of Russian trawlers (bristling with aerials) all jockeying for a good position to view the bombing, presumably.

On Tuesday 28th March 1967 the Fleet Air Arm sent Buccaneers from Lossiemouth to drop forty-two 1,000lb bombs on the wreck. This was followed by the Royal Air Force in sending Hunter jets to drop cans of aviation fuel to make the oil blaze. Seventy five per cent of the bombs were on target and both sections of the wreck were on fire.

However, exceptionally high tides had put the blaze out and it took further attacks by Sea Vixens from the Naval Air Station at Yeovilton and Buccaneers from the Naval Air Station at Brawdy as well as more RAF Hunters with napalm to ignite the oil until the wreck was free from oil.

Crowds of holidaymakers were watching the spectacle from the shoreline at Lands End. Though the bombing was declared a success the Press made much of the twenty five per cent of misses on a stationary target.

After Daring had completed her Guard ship duties we then sailed back to Portland to continue with our work-up.

Other warships employed with the surface operations were Barorosa, Delight, Aurora, Eskimo, Carysfort, Blackwood, Clarveston, Wotton and Nurton. Another task force for the Channel Islands operations consisted of Pellew, Laleston, Belton, Highburton and Soberton. Thousands of gallons of detergent were sprayed on the 270 square miles of sea contaminated by the oil slick. Ninety three miles of Cornish coastline was affected. This was the first major oil tanker disaster and sadly not the last....
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flamingknives       1/21/2007 4:00:56 PM
Well, if you're going to use the Torrey Canyon as an example, I think that I'd better check that you know that it didn't work. The bombing was mean to burn off the oil slick, but failed because the slick was too thin on top of the water to sustain a burn.
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Yimmy       1/21/2007 5:13:17 PM
Ah, but here there is no large oil slick.
And c'mon, it would make for a fantastic "sink-ex".
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Herald1234    Salvage not sinkage.   1/21/2007 5:24:10 PM,23599,21094097-2,00.html,,5366179,00.jpg">

Crippled cargo carrier beached

From correspondents in

January 21, 2007

Article from: Agence France-Presse

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SALVAGE crews overnight beached a badly holed, waterlogged British freighter carrying hazardous cargo while counted the cost of the deadly storms that battered the continent earlier in the week.

Tens of thousands of homes across were still without power overnight.

The MSC container ship was deliberately run aground on the southwest English coast to stop it from breaking apart in the , one of the world's busiest waterways.

The 62,000-tonne cargo ship was transporting 2394 containers, whose contents included 1700 tonnes of hazardous industrial and agricultural chemicals.

French officials said a long oil slick had spilt from the vessel into the English Channel.

"The MSC has suffered serious structural failure," said the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

"The large cracks on both sides of the ship have worsened. The stern of the ship is gradually settling lower in the water and deteriorating.

"Risk assessments have been carried out and continually updated. The priority is to gain as much shelter as possible and keep the vessel in one piece. Therefore the decision has been made to beach the vessel and ballast it down east of Sidmouth.

"The beaching location was selected based on minimising the impact of any spillage and enabling salvage work to remove the vessel and cargo to take place," the MCA said.

The 275-metre container ship developed long gashes on both sides just above the water line during stormy weather on Thursday and has since been under tow.

Television footage showed the ship, registered in and owned by the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company, with its stern low in the water close to the shoreline in

The was being hauled by two French tug boats, whose progress was hampered by rough seas and the cargo ship's jammed rudder.

When the engine room flooded and the vessel began listing badly, the 26-man crew abandoned ship. Three British Sea King helicopters winched them to safety from their lifeboat in nine-metre high waves and flew them to a navy base in southern

Calmer weather returned to today but tens of thousands of homes in , and apparently were still without power.

Around 19,000 households in eastern had no electricity.

In , where the storms claimed 11 lives, around 12,000 of the 60,000 homes whose power was cut were still in the dark, 10,000 of them in the central state of

"Our objective is to reconnect all the 55 areas concerned between now and this evening," said Olaf Werner, a spokesman for German energy group E.ON.

German rail services were largely back to normal after the appalling weather forced the Deutsche Bahn national railway company on Thursday to suspend all services for the first time in its history.

In - where the storms killed six and injured 30, including nine emergency service workers - it was unclear how many households were still in the dark.

"There is no information on the number of homes still without electricity this morning but on Friday afternoon, 800,000 were without power," fire brigade spokesman Dariusz Malinowski said.

The new terminal of 's Okecia airport, which had been damaged, remained partially closed.

The was also counting the cost of the storms, which killed seven there.

Insurers in the low-lying kingdom said their bill could come to at least €160 million ($263.4 million). That sum did not include damage to 's Schiphol airport and the railways, which could add another €40 million to the bill.

In , the emergency situations ministry said one woman had been killed on Friday by a falling tree, power lines had been damaged and telephone connections severed.

Russian oil deliveries to European Union countries were interrupted on Friday after high winds knocked out electricity at a pumping station on the section of

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DropBear       1/21/2007 8:43:22 PM
Don't think Sir David Attenborough would appreciate Yimmy dropping bombs on the surrounding wildlife.
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frog       1/26/2007 3:06:19 PM
Yimmy, whilst I agree, obliterating the ship would help deal with all the people scavaging for whatever gets washed up and the sale tickets, TV rights and earn a few million for the defence coffers. There's still the chance it might upset the French, and considering they have a slightly larger (if slightly less capable) fleet, I think we should air on the side of caution, and send HMS Victory to do the deed, far more subtle than sending a couple of Frigates, and fighter jets.  
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