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Smoke rising from Victoria Dock, Bombay, India during the cargo ship Fort Stikine explosion, 14 Apr 1944

Caption   Smoke rising from Victoria Dock, Bombay, India during the cargo ship Fort Stikine explosion, 14 Apr 1944 ww2dbase
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 14 Apr 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 11 Jun 2016



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
13 Jan 2018 03:31:07 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.

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