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Euroman and Silver Castle

Euroman and Silver Castle

Note the fire damage.

The wing tip in the photograph could belong to a SAAF Shackleton.

The photograph was processed in Capetown.

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The tug is United Towing's EUROMAN which was in Durban in 1972 shortly after being purchased.

I am wondering if the tanker is SILVER CASTLE which in April 1972 was off Port Elizabeth in fog when she was struck aft by the cargo vessel S A PIONEER and caught fire. Both vessels were subsequently scrapped after discharge.

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BillH is correct. A comparison with a magnificent coloured image of the Silver Castle, which was posted some time ago, indicates it is indeed her. The collision occurred on 20 April 1972 about 80 miles north of Port Elizabeth. The Silver Castle was an ex Helene Maersk, later renamed Corvetine and then Silver Castle. After the damage suffered by her was found to be too severe, she was towed out to sea and sunk by South African aircraft.
 

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Perhaps the aircraft wing tip was one waiting for the tug to disengage the tow and get clear before sinking the tanker.
 

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