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Today 9th September 2005 is the 25th anniversary of the loss of Bibby Line's Derbyshire (169,000 ton OBO) in the South China Sea during Typhoon Orchid, 44 lost.

(Info from Seawaves.com).

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I remember the Derbyshire very well, and read with intregue some of the mails and books that try to identify what really happened.

Most of what I read makes sense as I was only 23 years of age when I joined the vessel in Japan with the majority of people who where lost in such tragic cir***stances.

I left the vessel after a very torrid 3 months in which I witnessed many failings on what should of been a fantastic sea ship.

However what I can say is that without the dedication of Paul Lambert and the families association many more vessels may have foundered.
 

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good day trotterdotpom.sm.10th.sep.2005.21:34.re:derbyshire,i have read the brief posting of the Derbyshire.in this old posting.any more information?a sad loss of life.may they rest in peace.regards ben27
 

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There were many efforts made to prevent the truth coming out about the loss of this vessel.
Not least of all, if my memory serves me correctly, were the efforts Margaret Thatcher made to prevent a public enquiry into the foundering,and also, I seem to recall, into her construction at Swan Hunters Shipyard.
However eventually there was such an enquiry and I believe the conclusions that enquiry reached, were just about right, if not "spot on". Quite remarkable really, considering no survivors at all.
 

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Initially, thought to be and extension of the cracking seen on Sister ship`s in the region of Frame 65 just for`d of the Pump rooms. The blame was later considered to be more likely as result of hatch failure.

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Initially, thought to be and extension of the cracking seen on Sister ship`s in the region of Frame 65 just for`d of the Pump rooms. The blame was later considered to be more likely as result of hatch failure.

Pete
Hatch failure for sure, and as she went down by the head, the stern rose up, no buoyance aft - just weight or mass, - hey presto she snapped, and that was it - just like the titanic - in fact.
All OBO's with pumprooms just forward of the accommodation/bridge were weak in that region, without exception.
 
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