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Old 28th June 2009, 17:17
peterlisbon peterlisbon is offline  
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In search of MV Tollan

Hi

I'm searching for leading information that could tell me more about an old friend in my childhood.

In February of 1980 a British cargo ship sank near the Praça do Comércio, in Lisbon. He hit a Swidish vessel and he turned over, killing four crewmen while 20 saved their lives.

M.V. Tollan was his name.

I hope this is the right spelling name. It could be "Tolan" or "Tollens", has I found in the internet.

It took 3 year to the local authorities to remove him from the Tagus River. He got famous and a huge popularity as this ship was stubborn.
They tried a couple times to remove it and in one night the Navy got the clue and through it into a shipyard to be cut in pieces.

I was a little kid at the time and going to river shore on Sundays was the ice cake when I did well at school.
The boat got a lot nicknames like "The Red Whale" or "The Seagull Carrier". Quite fun.


I'm doing a research about this cargo ship.
I would like to know where I can get records and more informations about the shipyard, the specs, company and the whole early story.

Here are some pictures about the sunk boat:

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tolan_virado_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollan_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollens_no_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollan_rio_tejo.jpg

If someone can point me into a direction, I would appreciate it.

Regards,

P
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Old 28th June 2009, 17:27
K urgess K urgess is offline
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This ship listed at Miramar seems to fit the bill.
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/304015
At least a starting point
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Old 28th June 2009, 17:32
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Hi

I'm searching for leading information that could tell me more about an old friend in my childhood.

In February of 1980 a British cargo ship sank near the Praça do Comércio, in Lisbon. He hit a Swidish vessel and he turned over, killing four crewmen while 20 saved their lives.

M.V. Tollan was his name.

I hope this is the right spelling name. It could be "Tolan" or "Tollens", has I found in the internet.

It took 3 year to the local authorities to remove him from the Tagus River. He got famous and a huge popularity as this ship was stubborn.
They tried a couple times to remove it and in one night the Navy got the clue and through it into a shipyard to be cut in pieces.

I was a little kid at the time and going to river shore on Sundays was the ice cake when I did well at school.
The boat got a lot nicknames like "The Red Whale" or "The Seagull Carrier". Quite fun.


I'm doing a research about this cargo ship.
I would like to know where I can get records and more informations about the shipyard, the specs, company and the whole early story.

Here are some pictures about the sunk boat:

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tolan_virado_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollan_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollens_no_tejo.jpg

http://tollan.tugas.co.uk/im/tollan_rio_tejo.jpg

If someone can point me into a direction, I would appreciate it.

Regards,

P
TOLLAN (1979 - 1980) Tackler class.
O.N. 384217. 2,800g. 1,162n. 4,628d. 114.94(BB) x 19.77 x 5.28 metres.
9-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (450 x 520mm) MaK 9M552AK type oil engine manufactured by Ube Industries Ltd., Ube, geared to a controllable pitch propeller. 6,800 BHP, 15 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.

1978: Keel laid as TACKLER CARIBIA by Kasado Dock Company Ltd., Kudamatsu (Yard No. 315) for Tackler 3 Ltd., (Sea Containers Chartering Ltd., managers), Bermuda.

22.2.1979: Launched as TOLLAN.

5.1979: Completed.

16.2.1980: Collided in fog with a floating crane on the River Tagus near Lisbon, Portugal, capsized and sank.
Subsequently declared a total loss and the wreck sold to Sotramar, Italy.

2.12.1983: Wreck was righted and refloated for berthing and resale.
No further details.


TACKLER CLASS. Five ordered from same shipbuilder but only four constructed
- Yard No. 314 cancelled.
Ice strengthened, gearless, RoRo cargo/containership.
Side door/ramp on starboard aft.
126 x 20' containers or 40' equivalents in the hold.
168 x 20' containers or 40' equivalents on the deck.

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Old 29th June 2009, 06:42
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Hi.

Here's a little info from The Times (dated 18 Feb 1980).

regards,

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Old 27th May 2014, 08:59
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I know of MV Tollan

My brother Kanwaljit Sandhu was the 1st Officer on MV Tollan and he was on board the ship along with his wife. Both lost their lives when the vessel collided with another freighter. I have pictures of the overturned ship... Sad time for our family...
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Old 29th May 2014, 14:03
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Hi peter I came across this website by accident and saw your post, i joined ships nostalagia so i could reply i also saw a post from Kamals brother, kamal was the mate on the tollan who lost his life going back inside for his wife, kinu i think her name was. It was along time ago, but the korean ferry disaster brought it all back, they fannied about for critical hours when the boat could have been beached to save lives. not one survivor was found after it capsized.

i am on [email protected] and mobile 07715800239 if you want to contact me rgds colin campbell ex chief engineer mv Tollan. [email protected]
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Old 29th May 2014, 14:05
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MV Tollan lisbon harbour feb 16th 1980

colin campbell panocean;880930]Hi peter I came across this website by accident and saw your post, i joined ships nostalagia so i could reply i also saw a post from Kamals brother, kamal was the mate on the tollan who lost his life going back inside for his wife, kinu i think her name was. It was along time ago, but the korean ferry disaster brought it all back, they fannied about for critical hours when the boat could have been beached to save lives. not one survivor was found after it capsized.

i am on [email protected] and mobile 07715800239 if you want to contact me rgds colin campbell ex chief engineer mv Tollan. [email protected][/QUOTE]
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Old 29th May 2014, 14:25
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Is this helpfull?


http://7seasvessels.com/?p=67457
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Old 2nd June 2014, 09:52
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My brother Kanwaljit Sandhu was the 1st Officer on MV Tollan and he was on board the ship along with his wife. Both lost their lives when the vessel collided with another freighter. I have pictures of the overturned ship... Sad time for our family...
HI ITS COLIN CAMPBELL HERE, we have spoken in the past about the awful accident, i still have the last foto of us all doing keep fit training in the hold of the ship, Kanwaljit is looking god, i think of his lovel wife as kinu but i may be wrong, they were a lovely couple and a pleasure to be with, he was a very professional man, we had good times in the couple of months we knew each other, he did a brave thing, going back into the accomodation of the ship after the collision to find his wife, he was safe on the foredeck getting ready to moor the ship, if you do not have the photograph i can send it to you rgds colin [email protected] +4407715800239 07715800239
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