lundi 12 août 2013

The last adventure of Tintin in the Congo*.

Former Charlesville, said "The boat Tintin" dark in the Baltic.

         The ship Charlesville, the last ship of the Compagnie Maritime Belge (C.M.B.) linking Antwerp to Matadi, in Belgian Congo, in the 60s, sank in the Baltic Sea, off Cape Rozewie Poland, causing no casualties, announced Friday the Polish maritime authorities.
         Since renamed Georg Buechner, the ship was sometimes called "The ship of Tintin", in reference to the hero of the comic Herge "The Adventures of Tintin", which had made a trip to the Congo on a ship of the Compagnie Maritime Belge .
         Former Charlesville on its last trip, towed by a tugboat leading to the demolition of Klaipeda in Lithuania.
         Thursday, "at 7:53 p.m., the Vessel Traffic Services (V.T.S.) received information that the ship 'Georg Buechner has lost buoyancy and the rope was cut. The boat sank, the approximate geographical position of 54 55 °, 018 ° 871'N 31 308'E (approximately 8, 6 miles northeast of Cape Rozewie) ",
according to a statement of the VTS.
Without crew on board, the ship hit the bottom at about 35 meters deep.
         The Charlesville was built in 1950 by Cockerill Hoboken. With 153.66 meters from bow to stern, and 19.6 meters wide, the ship was capable of carrying 248 passengers.
         Sold in 1967 to East Germany, renamed Georg Buchner, it was decommissioned in 1977. He finished as the floating Rostock (Germany) hotel.
         The Belgian association Watererfgoeld Vlaanderen had proposed several rehabilitation projects liner in recent months but find an echo.
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* AFP, 31 May 2013.

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