When the Shell tanker Daronia (12,000 tons) arrived in Singapore (May 2), from Indonesian Borneo, it brought 20 survivors from the Eagle tanker "San Flaviano" (18,000 tons) which was bombed and sunk at balikpapan by planes belonging to Indonesian rebels.
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Background: When the Shell tanker Daronia (12,000 tons) arrived in Singapore (May 2), from Indonesian Borneo, it brought 20 survivors from the Eagle tanker "San Flaviano" (18,000 tons) which was bombed and sunk at balikpapan by planes belonging to Indonesian rebels.
The Daronia which was only 70 ft from San Flaviano at the time of the bombing was also a rebel target but was lucky to make a narrow escape.
All the 51 crew members of San Flaviano escaped without serious injuries although many of them suffered minor bruises from flying snarpnels. Immediately on arrival in Singapore, they were taken to the Connel House (seamen's lodge) where they relaxed awaiting passage home.
Chief Officer F.D. Smith of Davyhulme, Manchester, later told pressmen that they did not at first realise the planes were out for a kill, but immediately they heard at thud and realised the ship was hit, it took them only four minutes to lower all the lifeboats and get the boys safe from the burning inferno.
San Flaviano had to be abandoned and the entire crew lost all their belongings.
Mrs. Joyce Smith, wife of the chief officer, who was the only woman passenger in the ship was badly shaken by the bombing which happened minutes after she joined the husband on duty on the bridge for an early morning cup of tea. She is allowed to travel with her husband once a year, and the ordeal had not shaken determination to do so again. "I would go again if I get a chance inspite of what happened," she told reporters.
She'll suspended its production and refineries in Indonesian East Borneo after the bombings.
Meanwhile, the bombing scare in the straits of Moluccas and Makassar has made shipping companies nervous and all the ships in the area have been asked to take shelter in Singapore till the uncertain atmosphere cleared up. One by one they come and anchored in Singapore.
Singapore outer roads a reminded once again of the fateful days immediately after the takeover of KPM ships by the Indonesian Government late last year. All possible KPM ships then steamed full sipped Singapore warfs and stay put in the colony waters awaiting further orders.