Griqueland

Dido Sink’s MV Griqualand

The ‘Griqualand’ was a 499 ton coastal steamer owned by Green R Line.   She left Durban on the evening of 13th November 1970 bound for Port Elizabeth with a cargo of chemicals including liquid chlorine and calcium hypochloride.   Shortly after sailing from Durban a fire started in her forward holds and blazed for nearly 12 hours.   Despite heroic efforts from the crew as well as the tug ‘J.D. White’ and salvage vessel ‘Statesman’ the ‘Griqualand’ was finally declared a menace to shipping and was sunk by Royal Navy frigate H.M.S. Dido at approximately 16h00 on 14 November 1970.

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