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Tanker Marland
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No: 18173   Contributor: Pat Kennedy   Year: 1973   Manufacturer: Kockums Mekaniska V. Malmo, Sweden   Country: United Kingdom
Tanker Marland

A photo I took from the drivers cab of the 50 ton crane at Western Shiprepairers #1 drydock, of the after accomodation of the South African tanker Marland, on the morning after a serious fire on board in which several crew lost their lives.
I believe it was in the last week of December 1973 or 74

Another photo of the Marland:
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Picture added on 29 September 2011 at 10:50
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Hi Pat, many thanks for the pic. One of my jobs as a cadet was to maintain the port aft lifeboat which I see has been taken off in this pic. You might notice there's a piece missing from the very top of the funnel...this was blown off in a gale in May 73. By the way, I think your pic was taken just BEFORE the fire. You'll see in the other pic very clear black smoke stains above the portholes.... I've got dozens of shots of the Marland - I must try to get them put on a disc - and then on this site!

Added by Jeremy Thorpe on 29 September 2011.
I sailed on the Marland in 1969-1970 as a fireman

Added by Robert Benjamin (Bennie) on 14 March 2013.
The date of the fire to which four men lost there lives was saturday 01 december 1973. I have the names of the people who lost there lives that day as 1 is my husbands uncle. I have a copy of newspaper article with two fire fighters who helped that day.

Added by Lizz on 31 July 2015.
One of those fire fighters was my farther. Would you be able to send me a copy of the article? I would be very grateful.

Added by Ian Riggs on 23 August 2017.
I was the other firefighter. My name is Alex Stacey. I went in with Barry Riggs. I would love a copy of the paper which I believe was the Birkenhead News.

Added by Alex Stacey on 26 August 2017.
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Kockums Mekaniska V. Malmo, Sweden

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