Photos may end wreck mystery
Sunday 22 August 1993
A study on the feasibility of photographing the wreck of the 166,000 tonnes bulk carrier is being conducted. It is hoped the project would end 13 years of wrangling over whether the ship broke in two before sinking without trace off Japan with the loss of 44 lives.
Paul Lambert, whose brother Peter died on the Derbyshire at the age of 19, said computer modelling of oil which appeared when the ship vanished suggested that the two halves of the wreck were some 21 miles apart in 3,000 metres of water.
'We cannot bring the Derbyshire back or the people lost, but we can, in our own way, help to stop the future waste of lives. My mother still goes to pieces when she talks about it. The Derbyshire caused the death of two mothers who lost their only sons. They just couldn't take it,' he said.
A formal inquiry was held in 1989 - nine years after the loss - when the Kowloon Bridge, a sister ship, broke in two after running aground off Ireland. The Government had resisted an earlier campaign for an inquiry following the discovery of cracks in other sister ships.
The inquiry concluded that the Derbyshire was 'probably overwhelmed by the forces of nature'. Five sets of plans for the ships had disappeared before the inquiry.
'Every time we have a new shipping minister, it's always the same. No Derbyshire, no new inquiry,' said Mr Lambert, 41, a catering assistant at the Royal Hospital, Liverpool, until he was made redundant earlier this year.
The Derbyshire was four years old when she disappeared and was equipped with the latest marine satellite communications. She sank so quickly that the crew was unable to send a distress call.
Built as part of a series of six ships by Swan Hunter on Teesside and operated by Bibby Line, the Derbyshire was more than three football pitches long, which should have enabled it to withstand the severest weather.
Bulk carriers account for 40 per cent of ships lost in the past 20 years, with 2,400 seamen killed.
Ocean Technologies, an American company, has estimated the cost of filming the Derbyshire at dollars 800,000 (pounds 560,000).
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
80 per cent of Missouri town’s police quit after election of first black mayor
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...