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13th December 2005, 21:46
has anyone got any information on this vessel. I Know that it ran aground in New York in 1966. Any information on that incident and other details would be appreciated. (Thumb)
13th December 2005, 23:15
Not much to start with but there is some information at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/Disaster_C.html pasted below:
Name: CHELWOOD BEACON
Year of Disaster: 1966
Place of Disaster: New York
Vessel/s Involved: British tanker
Official Records: yes
News Articles: no
More Info: CGC YEATON
Couldn't find any more but I am sure our learned colleagues will be able to put flesh on the bones.
Rob van Leeuwen
26th December 2005, 16:52
I have information about this ship and also photo's.
She was built in 1960, renamed Port Miguel in 1969 and scrapped in 1976 at Valencia, Spain.
For a picture send a mail to ********* and you will receive som pictures.
Rob, from Holland.
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1st August 2013, 00:08
Yes I was a junior engineer officer aged 22 and serving on Chelwood Beacon when it ran aground outside New York in 1966. We had to abandon ship in a fierce gale, thankfully all the crew survived, including my pet canary that I pushed into my pocket before jumping into the landing craft! I made front page news in the New York Times!
Marcus C. Smith
1st August 2013, 12:20
The "Chelwood Beacon" ran aground in gale force winds off Sandy Hook on Sunday 23rd January 1966 in 19 feet of water. I don't know if she had already embarked the pilot but her grounding was attributed to the fact that one of the main navigational buoys had shifted some distance due to the weather.
I still have the newspaper cutting from the Daily Telegraph which my mother sent me, thinking I was still aboard. (Dear old soul, I'd left after completing my apprenticeship aboard her in February the previous year!)
Quoting the newspaper "she was in danger of breaking up in 15ft seas and was reported to be leaking in her engine room. Forty two of the crew were taken off. Ten remained on board including the Captain P. Jones (Peter) and the senior Officers who moved to the stern section for safety reasons".
I was in New York on "Brecon Beacon" that winter following the grounding and met the Captain (Peter Jones) who was understandably in a rather depressed state since it was his first command and the Board of Inquiry had not convened. He was not inclined to talk about the circumstances so we respectfully avoided the subject. He was Chief Officer when I sailed on her the previous year.
The ship was bound inward for Newark with a cargo of crude oil. She was recovered from the grounding scene and spent months in Brooklyn Navy Yard being repaired, Captain Jones attending. I have no record of the proceedings but believe that Capt. Jones was totally exonerated.
"Chelwood Beacon" was a nice ship, very well appointed and had a good turn of speed when required. Seven months which I thoroughly enjoyed. Picture in the Gallery.
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