british MV Alva Cape (+1966)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1953
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 11252  grt
dimensions 166.42 x 21.03 x 9.14 m
engine diesel engine, single screw
power  
speed 14  knots
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 03/07/1966  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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builder
Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., Greenock
owner
Alva Steamship Co., London
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 25/03/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 02/07/2009
 
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Allen Tony25/03/2008Alva Cape MV was a British Motor Tanker of 11,252 tons built in 1953 by Greenock Dockyard Co Greenock for the Alva Steamship Company, London. She was powered by a diesel, single screw, 14 knots manufactured by Scotts SB&E Co., Doxford. Scuttled after a collision in Kill van Kull Channel, New York.

She was involved in a collision with the US tanker TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS on the 16th June 1966 and both ships caught fire. 33 men died in the tragedy involving ALVA CAPE MV, the TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS, and their escorting tugs, the ESSO VERMONT and LATIN AMERICA.

Once her flames had been subdued she was towed to harbour where 12 days later she blew up during an attempt to unload her volatile cargo of naptha. In this incident a further 4 men were killed.

The authorities decided she should be scuttled and so on the above date she was towed out to a spot 110 miles southeast of New York Harbor where the coastguard cutter USCG SPENCER, pumped shells into her hull until she slipped beneath the waves.
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 Stuart Cameron, clydesite.co.uk


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