VIDEO: The Extraordinary Sinking Of MV Derbyshire

VIDEO: The Extraordinary Sinking Of MV Derbyshire

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Last updated on April 20th, 2021 at 03:19 pm

En route from Canada to Japan the huge, Liverpool registered, merchant ship MV Derbyshire was overwhelmed by Typhoon Orchid. What was unusual, you ask? No ‘mayday’ messages were ever heard, and even after six days of search and rescue operation, no shipwreck was found and the search was called off.

History of MV Derbyshire

MV Derbyshire was an ore-bulk-oil combination carrier built-in 1976 by Swan Hunter, as the last in the series of the Bridge-class sextet. She was registered in Liverpool and owned by Bibby Line. The Derbyshire was lost on 9 September 1980 during Typhoon Orchid, south of Japan. All 42 crew members and two of their wives were killed in the sinking. At 91,655 gross register tons, she is the largest British ship ever to have been lost at sea.

Derbyshire was launched in late 1975 and entered service in June 1976, as the last ship of the Bridge-class combination carrier, originally named Liverpool BridgeLiverpool Bridge and English Bridge (later Worcestershire, and Kowloon Bridge respectively) were built by Seabridge for Bibby Line. The ship was laid up for two of its four years of service life.

In 1978, Liverpool Bridge was renamed Derbyshire, the fourth vessel to carry the name in the company’s fleet. On 11 July 1980, on what turned out to be the vessel’s final voyage, Derbyshire left Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada, her destination being Kawasaki, Japan, though she foundered near Okinawa (Southern Japan). Derbyshire was carrying a cargo of 157,446 tonnes of iron ore.

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On 9 September 1980, Derbyshire hove-to in Typhoon Orchid some 230 miles from Okinawa, and was overwhelmed by the tropical storm killing all aboard. Derbyshire never issued a Mayday distress message. The vessel had been following weather routing advice by “Ocean routes”, a commercial weather routing company.

The search for Derbyshire commenced on 15 September 1980 and was called off six days later when no trace of the vessel was found, and it was declared lost. Six weeks after Derbyshire sank, one of the vessel’s lifeboats was sighted by a Japanese tanker.

  1. Having watched the 5 select program on the wreck of the Derbyshire i feel there is a cover up of what really happened to this ship. The video evidence shows only the bow exists as a structure on the seabed. in perfect condition all intact.
    The rest of the ship is in tiny pieces, all of the ship, not just the cargo holds supposedly imploded exploded !! but the massive bridge, engine room motors everything has vaporised into tiny pieces by a phénomène called implosion explosion !!! because it had a double hull. Also what a crazy idea that the ship took on water through the forward air vents flooding the bow section that pulled the ship under without anyone on the bridge (at the rear of the ship) noticing the ships downward attitude or water swamping the decks !! and that’s why the crew didn’t send an SOS . No that’s a ridiculous Idea .
    If the ship has nose dived under the waves and imploded as it sank, the hold covers would have been crumpled and pushed into the holds well before the double hull “imploded”
    This would have allowed every hold to fill with water and equalise the pressure in the holds and this would have minimised any damage caused by a double hull imploding.. being crushed inwards between the inner and outer hull plates. If any explosion took place inside the hull around the holds there would have been little damage to the rest of the ship and certainly not have destroyed the aft section of the ship anymore than the fore section that is still intact. So where is the aft section.. Either it has not been found yet, or it was destroyed along with the rest of the hull and cargo holds by a MASSIVE EXPLOSION that only left the fore section intact.. This would have required an explosive force of immense proportions, Far greater than air being compressed between the inner and outer hull being compressed to implosion,, far greater than a conventional torpedo, or rogue ww2 mine, or collision with another vessel . If there is really nothing left of the entire ship bigger than the tiny fragments that are spread about over a large area, the explosion must have taken place on the surface and not at depth where the tiny pieces would not have travelled more than a few tens of meters in the explosion. When a ship explodes under water the parts dont travel far, water is too dense. Only an explosion of atomic proportions underwater could rip a vessel this big into tiny unrecognisable pieces and scatter them so far.. It doesn’t add up…does it !! Either the documentary is not showing the rest of the ship or they failed to locate it, or the ship was destroyed on the surface , blown into pieces and the stern section complete with the bridge and engines and all the other heavy machinery shafts, screws rudder gear, winches, fuel tanks etc etc has drifted before sinking and is many miles from the location of the bow…
    It certainly didn’t sink alongside the bow and vaporise in the “implosion” that left the bow untouched.
    Time will reveal the answer but for now the documentary is a LIE…

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