Hello Everard ,
The Belgian " Charlesville" took 34 survivers , it's stated that they took the
captain M.N.Zarbis and six dead .
But i 've a lot of foto's taken by the Belgian cargo " Schelde " of Mabesoone
and you can clearly see when he leaves his ship as last one and picked up
by the motorlifeboat of the " Schelde " .I suppose they later passed the
captain to the " Charlesville " , and the bodies , one of the foto's shows the lifeboat with dead bodies .
The Argentine passengersship " Salta " saved 475 people and six bodies .
The British " Montcalm " saved 273 survivers and 15 dead people .
The American ss " Export Aide "saved 76 people , the American ss " Rio Grande"
saved 77 people , the ms " Medhi " from Pakistan saved 28 people and
the French ms " Barakat " saved 22 people .
From the 651 passengers and 385 crew , 95 passengers and 33 crew
were killed .
Other ships involved in this big rescue operation , were the British
aircraftcarrier " Centauer " , Amerikan passengership " Independence",
Liberian ss " Martita " and British ss " Stratheden ".
I did'nt see a aircraft carrier during the rescue operation, but the Charlesville left the area when the Lakonia's captain was on our board. We arrive near the Lakonia early in the morning and we continued our trip to tenerife the afternoon rond 18.00h.
Hello RHP ,
I suppose the Centaur was used as radio and communication ship .
One should write a good article of this big rescue operation ,in
lets say ships monthly oe sea breezes , time is fading.
I believe the carrier Centaur acted as the command ship, she contacted and identified 22 merchant ships in the area and co-ordinated a massive sweep of merchant vessels to search for survivors. Her two Wirlwind helicopters landed a salvage party onboard however found the vessel too dangerous to attempt any meaningful operation, in addition she had the sad task of recovering over 40 bodies. throughout the time her Gannat aircraft conducted surface searches for lifeboats etc. I'm not saying she was the most significant rescue ship however she did paly an important part and was designated as the command ship for obvious reasons. There is a very good account of her part in the rescue in HMS Centaur by Neil McCart.