Maria Elisabeth

Chile,South America

The freighter Maria Elisabeth was built by Frank Schiffswerft & Maschinen in Hamburg in Germany, and was launched in 1953. While she laid moored up in Antofagasta harbor 13. January 1965, she literally exploded in the morning. She was loaded with 30.000 liters of butane that caught fire and claimed the life of eight people and injured another 27. After heroic efforts from the fire department and harbor authorities they managed to put her under tow out from the harbor. Anchored up right outside the harbor she continued to burn the rest of the day and went down in the deep the following morning. The battered remains of her rest today approximately 200 meters outside Baquedano Street in Antofagasta on a depth of 16 to 22 meter.

Former names:
Maria Elisabeth

67,0 x 9,8 x 4,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1664 dwt
Hamburg ( D ) 1953
Valparaiso ( CL )

23° 38.455 S 70° 24.405 W
( Source: Wannadive )

Picture: Maria Elisabeth burning
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