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Wreck of the SS Torrey Canyon, 1967

PlaceCornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsTransport Water Shipwrecks
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

The wreck of the SS Torrey Canyon. The tanker struck Pollard's Rock on Seven Stones reef, between the Cornish mainland and the Isles of Scilly, on 18th March 1967. Over the following 12 days, her cargo of over 119,000 tonnes of crude oil escaped into the Atlantic, resulting in Britain's largest oil spill to the present day. The slick contaminated 120 miles of Cornish coastline, then spread along the south coast of Britain and across to France. An estimated 15,000 birds were killed in addition to seals and other marine life.