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Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:19 pm

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Built as a cargo-reefer vessel under yard No 232 by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada for Cie Generale d’Armements Maritimes, Nantes, France.
17 April 1948 launched as the LA COUBRE.
Tonnage 4,308 grt, 2,151 nrt, 5,700 dwt, dim. 128.2 x 16.8 x 6.80m., length bpp. 120.7m.
One B&W 10-cyl. 2SA oil engine, manufactured by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Glasgow, one shaft, speed 15 knots.
Two decks.
July 1948 completed.

Maiden voyage to North Africa, then in the service from North Europe to the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico ports.
1951 Sold to Cie Generale Transatlantique, Nantes, not renamed.

The freighter LA COUBRE (sometimes erroneously called "Le Coubre") exploded at 3:10 p.m. on 4 March 1960, while it was being unloaded in Havana harbor, Cuba. This 4,310-ton French vessel was carrying 76 tons of Belgian munitions from the port of Antwerp. Unloading explosive ordnance directly onto the dock was against port regulations. Ships with such cargoes were supposed to be moored in the center of the harbor and their high-risk cargo unloaded onto lighters. The death toll was between 75 and 100 people with more than 200 people injured.
The explosion is often attributed to the CIA who wished to overthrow the new government of Fidel Castro.
At the time of the explosion, Che Guevara was in a meeting in the INRA building. After hearing the blast and seeing the debris cloud from a window overlooking the port area, he drove to the scene and spent the next few hours giving medical attention to the scores of crew members, armed forces personnel, and dock workers who had been injured, many of them fatally.
Thirty minutes after the first explosion, while hundreds of people were involved in a FAR-organized operation to rescue victims and secure the ship, a second even more powerful explosion occurred, resulting in many further fatalities. Father John McKniff (a Roman Catholic missionary priest) and nurse Gloria Azoy, both of whom had rushed to the scene and were assisting the wounded and giving last rites, were thrown to the pavement by the second explosion. Although stunned, they survived amid the clouds of expended explosives and dust and continued their work. Father McKniff, given his long work as a missionary in Cuba and elsewhere, is currently being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church.
The next day, March 5, Fidel Castro claimed that the United States was responsible for the explosion, a charge the U.S. dismissed as an "unfounded and irresponsible accusation."
Although the exact toll of the LA COUBRE explosions remains uncertain, it is estimated that there were at least 75 dead and approximately 200 injured, with some sources giving figures that are much higher. Cuban government spokesmen and some other sources occasionally have put forward the claim that this event was an act of sabotage carried out by William Alexander Morgan acting on orders from the CIA. Morgan was executed a year after the explosion in March 1961.
LA COUBRE was towed to a dry-dock in Havana Harbor where it underwent extensive repairs. It eventually returned to service and continued to be owned and operated by the French Compagnie Générale Transatlantique until 1972, when it was sold to a shipping company in Cyprus and renamed the BARBARA.
Guerrillero Heroico, the iconic photo of Che Guevara, was taken by Alberto Korda at a memorial service for victims of the LA COUBRE explosion.

04 May 1960 after the repair on her stern part, again in service, tonnage 4,308 grt, 2,151 nrt.
1972 Sold to Dorothea Shipping Co. Ltd., Famagusta, Cyprus and renamed BARBARA.
Early 1977 renamed by company in NOTIOS HELLAS, later that year renamed by company AGIA MARINA.
03 December 1979 arrived at Gandia, Spain for scrapping.

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