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USCG PHOTO

ALVA CAPE
JUNE 16, 1966

A Coast Guard helicopter hovers over New York Harbor's Kill Van Kull Channel searching for possible survivors of the collision between the 546-foot British tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE and the 604-foot American tanker S.S. TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS. Coast Guard tugs and New York City fireboats can be seen battling the naphtha fed flames aboard the two ships.
Thirty-three lives were lost in the collision. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

ALVA CAPE
JUNE 16, 1966

Flames and smoke continue to spread over the 13-year old Britsh tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE as she burns in New Yorks Harbor's Kill Van Kull Channel. The danger of a posible explosion from the vessel's cargo of naphtha existed throughout the fire fighting efforts. Coast Guard, Navy and New York City fireboats worked together during the rescue efforts.
Thirty-three crewmen died in the disaster which involved the ALVA CAPE, American tanker S.S. TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS, and their escorting tugs, the ESSO VERMONT and LATIN AMERICA. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

ALVA CAPE
JUNE 16, 1966

New York City firemen move cautiously aboad the British tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE after bringing under control a fire which swept the entire ship. Coast Guard and Navy vessels play water on the starboard side to give added protection to the boarding party. Meanwhile, Coast Guard rescue boat CG-40451 searches for victims of the disaster which took 33 lives and injured 71. The 546-foot naphtha-laden vessel collided in New York Harbor with the 604-foot American tanker S.S. TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS. (USCG)
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BM3 (then SN/BM) Bob Youngblood was coxswain of this boat and received the Coast Guard Medal for saving two men when the tanker exploded again. Click on the citation below for readable version.

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USCG PHOTO

ALVA CAPE
JULY 3, 1966

Two commercial tugs prepare to release the British tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE on July 3, 1966, 110 miles southeast of New York Harbor where the tanker was sentenced to be sunk. After a collision with the American tanker S.S. TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS on June 16, 1966 in the Kill VanKull Channel between Bayonne, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y., and an explosion on June 28, 1966 in Gravesend Bay in New York Harbor, 37 men were counted dead. Thirty-seven five-inch shells from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer sank the tanker following her release by the tugs. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC SPENCER
JULY 3, 1966

Smoke drifts away from the bow of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPENCER after her five-inch gun sent one of 57 rounds into the hulk of the British tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE on July 3, 1966, 110 miles southeast of New York Harbor. The 546-foot Britsh vessel was ordered sunk after 33 men died following a collision on June 16, 1966 with an American tanker in New York Harbor. Another four men were killed when the ALVA CAPE exploded 12 days later during off-loading of her highly volatile cargo of naphtha. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC SPENCER
JULY 3, 1966

Boom! The five-inch gun of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPENCER fired round after round (see spent shell casings at right foreground) at the naphtha-laden British tanker M.V. ALVA CAPE 110 miles southeast of New York Harbor on July 3, 1966. Fifty-seven shells were fired at the doomed ship. The ALVA CAPE collided with the American tanker S.S. TEXACO MASSACHUSETTS while en route to Newark Bay from India with a cargo of naphtha on June 16, 1966. The 546-foot tanker exploded again during tank cleaning operations 12 days later. A total of 37 men were killed during the two incidents. (USCG)
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