Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

Ship: AUTOLYCUS (1949-1976 General cargo liner 487 feet long of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool)

Port of Registry: Liverpool
Net Tonnage: -
Reg Tonnage: -
Gross Tonnage: 7,635
Deadweight Tonnage: -

From "The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald" dated 18th February 1972


A coasting vessel, SAINT BRIDGET carrying a cargo of high explosive which had been loaded at ICI, Ardeer, had to be blown up forty miles south of Cornwall on Monday after part of the cargo leaked.

The SAINT BRIDGET had loaded nitroglycerine-based explosive at Ardeer last week and sailed to Falmouth where her cargo was being transferred to a larger ship destined for Hong Kong.
When dockers became affected by fumes it was discovered that part of the cargo had leaked on to the docks.

Government and ICI experts decided that the only solution was to blow up the now dangerous SAINT BRIDGET - if she had been merely scuttled, the explosive in her hold could have caused serious pollution in the sea.

A spokesman for the company said that ICI would compensate the ship's owners for their loss.

Note :
Colin Matthews e-mails that the explosives, were being transhipped from the SAINT BRIDGET onto the Blue Funnel cargo vessel AUTOLYCUS which was anchored in the roads off Falmouth.
The nitroglycerine was found to be weeping onto the deck of AUTOLYCUS number 1 hold, and the AUTOLYCUS was instructed to move much father out to sea, as a safety precaution.
News of the incident was contained in the television news reports.