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I would be interested to hear from anyone who served aboard the Safmarine tanker Thorland from 1969 to her demise on June 9 1970. I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone aboard at the time of the accident.
 

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Thanks John.

Yes Alastair and I have been in touch. As for Mr Koller he had left the Thorland before her loss. 9 men were killed, the Chief Engineer (my father), the Mate Peter Lucas, 2nd Mate Richard Madely, a cadet Mr Sinclair and 4 crew of Portugese/Pakistani nationality.
 

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Blade,

I am sorry to see that your father lost his life in the Thorland accident. Although I did not know him, I was a Radio Officer with Safmarine and I sailed with cadet Ronnie Sinclair. He and I were together on the SA Langkloof. I remember taking Ronnie ashore one night in 1969 to celebrate his 21st birthday. Only months later, I was shocked to hear that Ronnie had been killed in the Thorland tragedy. I intended contacting his family, who lived up in the Northern Transvaal. I wanted to tell them what a fine young man he was, but I never did. I have always very much regretted not doing so!

I swallowed the anchor many years ago and I have been living in Sydney for the past 10 years.

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Peter Isaac
 

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I would be interested to hear from anyone who served aboard the Safmarine tanker Thorland from 1969 to her demise on June 9 1970. I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone aboard at the time of the accident.
Blade

My name is Alistair Norris and I was on board the Thorland at the time of the explosion.
I am very sorry to see that you lost your father in the accident.
We had been on board together for several months before the explosion and I remember him fondly as a thorough gentleman.

All the best
 

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I would be interested to hear from anyone who served aboard the Safmarine tanker Thorland from 1969 to her demise on June 9 1970. I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone aboard at the time of the accident.
Hello Blade,
I joined the Thorland in May '69 in the engine room. The Chief was Frikke Horn, Captain Alexander Thompson. I wasn't on board at the time of the accident, dreadfully sorry to hear about the loss of life. When I was on board it was a happy ship where deck and engine room were all friends. Not like the other I sailed on.
Regards
Jimmy
 
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