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Golden Drake

Name
Golden Drake
Accident date
28/01/1972
Location
Portugal
Accident area
100 miles south of Azores
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Explosion
Nature of pollutant
crude oil
Quantity spilled
31, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Tanker
Built date
1950
Flag
Liberian

On 28 January 1972, the Golden Drake was travelling from Venezuela to the Dutch port of Antwerp when it suffered a violent explosion and went on fire 1,200 miles East of Bermuda.

Two men were killed in the accident, while the rest of the crew were rescued by a Venezuelan vessel. The Golden Drake continued to burn and an attempt to tow the vessel two days later failed.

The tanker drifted for about a month before sinking with its cargo on 1st March 1972, 100 miles south of Azores.

Source:

- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres

Last update: 05/06/2014