The Death Of A Tanker
15 Nov 2016 1 Comment
37 years ago to this day, in the very early hours, İstanbul was shaken by a large explosion. There was a huge firewall on the water and windows of many nearby houses were broken.
The Romanian tanker MT Independenta was waiting for the pilot, when the Greek cargo ship MV Evriali collided, at the southern entrance of Bosphorus.
MT Independenta suffered 3 large explosions. Only 3 of her 43 strong crew survived the accident. The ship burned for days and created a huge environmental disaster.
My grandfather was lucky, to go on board and take some interesting yet grotesque and grim photos. Some of them are below, to testify the intensity of the heat and days of burning.