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Name: SEISTAN
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 15/05/1957
Completed: 27/07/1957
Builder: John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Yard: West Yard, South Shields
Yard Number: 592
Dimensions: 7440grt, 4334nrt, 478.0 x 58.5 x 25.9ft
Engines: Oil engine, 2SCSA, Doxford type, 4cyl (670 x 2320mm), 4400bhp
Engines by: Hawthorn Leslie (Engineers) Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 13.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 187620
History:
27/07/1957 Strick Line Ltd (FC Strick & Co Ltd), London
1959 Broken up (forepart)
Comments: 17/02/1958: On fire in No5 hold beneath the explosives magazine
On a voyage from London to Khorramshahr.
The cargo included 170 tons of explosives, fuses and detonators.
18/02/1958: Anchored 2 miles east of South Sitra beacon and discharged 75 tons of explosives to barges while the fire was tackled
19/02/1958: Fire spread to the magazine and an explosion destroyed the stern and much of the superstructure. 53 crew and 4 tug crew died.
05/02/1959: Forepart raised and towed to Italy
06/1959: Broken up at Catania


Above photo is copyright of the Alex Wood Collection

Above photo is courtesy of John Bage

Above photo is courtesy of John Bage

Above photo is courtesy of John Bage

Above photo is courtesy of John Bage