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hello Bob here,was a engine room trimmer then a refridgeration technitian.served 1960 -62,and was on the trip where the boat blew up,in madeira port,they were manouvers and put it into reverse and brooke the crank.,boiler went and blew a hole right up through the ship,9 dead if i remember right,one of them was the cheif engineer.it happened at 16:20 ish i had just come out of the showers when it blew having just finished shift.i used to chill the coke bottles and sell them at a profit.
i stayed on board when it was towed back to victoria and albert dock.
anyone still alive that worked engine room at that time?(POP)
 
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