• Short Summary

    In swirling fog, July 19, two destroyers of the United States Navy - the "Ammen" and the "Collett" - were in a head-on collision off Newport Beach, California. 11 sailors were killed and six badly injured as the "Collett's" bow ploughed into the port side of the "Ammen", tearing a great hole in her side.

  • Description

    1.
    LV The "Collett".
    0.03

    2.
    CU Shattered bow of "Collett".
    0.14

    3.
    SV Ditto.
    0.22

    4.
    SV Stern of "Collett".
    0.25

    5.
    SV Bows.
    0.28

    6.
    HEAD ON V... Bows.
    0.32

    7.
    LV The "Ammen" tied up in Long Beach, Harbour.
    0.36

    8.
    CU Wrecked ammunition store.
    0.40

    9.
    CU Ditto.
    0.43

    10.
    SV Crews' families.
    0.46

    11.
    SV Bodies taken from "Ammen".
    0.54

    12.
    SV Worker with acetylene cutter.
    0.58

    13.
    CU PAN.. Wreckage.
    1.06

    14.
    LV Wreckage of "Ammen".
    1.08



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In swirling fog, July 19, two destroyers of the United States Navy - the "Ammen" and the "Collett" - were in a head-on collision off Newport Beach, California. 11 sailors were killed and six badly injured as the "Collett's" bow ploughed into the port side of the "Ammen", tearing a great hole in her side.

    A flood of water crashed into the "Ammen's" engine room, causing an outbreak of fire. This was brought under control after a long effort. The "Collett" - which had taken evasive action by reversing engines and throwing its rudder over - suffered a completely smashed bow from the impact.

    "Ammen" - with an ominous list - anchored in fairly shallow waters. The "Collett" travelled under her own steam to Long Beach naval base a few miles away. Both vessels were radar-equipped but neither Captain would give details of the crash before an official inquiry.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7CPV2ETYBR6RCI3GXZ90LFESC
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CPV2ETYBR6RCI3GXZ90LFESC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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