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Cargo ship Fort Stikine after the explosion, Victoria Dock, Bombay, India, late Apr 1944

Caption   Cargo ship Fort Stikine after the explosion, Victoria Dock, Bombay, India, late Apr 1944 ww2dbase
Photos at Same Place Bombay, India
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 10 Jun 2016



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
10 Jun 2016 12:52:27 AM

The British cargo ship, Fort Stikine, carrying 1,400 tons of explosives and 124 gold bars worth £1 million, caught fire in Bombay harbour, India and exploded, showering the docks with blazing debris. The blast and tidal wave which followed sank four ships and damage a further eleven, one of which, a troopship, was hurled out of the water and onto the roof of a warehouse. Half an hour later, the wreck of the Fort Stikine was devastated by a second massive explosion which threw debris 3,000 feet into the air and over a square mile of the docks and city. The two explosions killed 231 and injured a further 476. The bodies of more than 500 dock workers and civilians were also recovered, another 1,000 people simply disappeared and 2,000 were hospitalised. Eleven ships were lost. In 1960 a dredger working in the harbour recovered a single gold bar
2. Amey Kubal says:
3 Nov 2021 05:24:25 PM

This isn't the Stikine. In fact, very little was found of the ship herself let alone a floating hulk after two explosions. Thus is either Fort Cevalier or SS Chantilly.

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