Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jun

22

1943

Heroic rescue on burning HMNZS Achilles

The light cruiser HMNZS Achilles seen in 1945.

The Achilles spent more than fourteen months in Portsmouth dockyard refitting and rearming. On 22 June 1943 a violent explosion occurred in one of her main fuel tanks, killing and injuring many dockyard hands and causing considerable structural damage to the ship. The tank had been emptied and cleaned in April and workmen were making moulds in the double-bottom fuel tank preparatory to erecting two bulkheads in the compartment.