host picture

  | Bookmark and Share

Remembering The Kurdistan

Owen Fitzgerald

The anniversary of the sinking of the British oil tanker "Kurdistan" is tomorrow.

It was March 15, 1979 when the tanker, loaded with 30-thousand tons of bunker C, started leaking oil about 50-miles northeast of Sydney.

It had been heading to Quebec from Point Tupper when it started to crack. 41 crew members were rescued and then the boat split in two.

Owen Fitzgerald was a photographer with the Cape Breton Post in those days; and he documented the event.

Listen audio (runs 11:14)