REPORT OF THE OFFICIAL INQUIRY INTO THE LOSS BY STRANDING OF THE SS. LONDON VALOUR.

Mercantile Marine Service Association.


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Wallasey, 1st.ed., n.d. (c.1973). 131 pp., 2 photo-ills. C.c., 21 x 13cm. V.G.+. The 16,000-ton bulk carrier LONDON VALOUR was driven ashore from her anchorage off Genoa on the 9th April 1970. Twenty lives – including those of the master and his wife – were lost in the disaster. The MMSA was founded in Liverpool in 1857 and was designed to look after the interests of shipmasters and officers serving in the British Mercantile Marine. The formal investigation into the loss of this bulk carrier was held in London in April 1972. This is a detailed account of those proceedings. The LONDON VALOUR had dropped anchor in Genoa Roads on the 7th April 1970 to await a berth. While at anchor, the wives of the master and radio officer came aboard, bringing the total to 58. A sudden storm blew up and the vessel was swept by heavy seas before dragging her anchors and stranding on the nearby breakwater. A rescue operation was mounted from the shore and 38 officers and seamen were saved. Twenty others, including the two women, lost their lives. There were many acts of gallantry by both the British seamen and from the local rescue party that night.


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