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Lifeboat from the sunken MS Carona, Great Britain 194834 sailors and 2 passengers owe their lives to this boatFollowing a collision with a Liberian freighter off the West Friesian islands on 28 February 1964, the badly damaged Swiss ocean-going vessel MS Carona sank in a matter of minutes. It was only thanks to rapid action, that the entire crew and passengers were able to save themselves. Because of the MS Carona’s severe list, only the starboard lifeboat could be lowered into the water.After two hours’ rowing towards the acoustic warning signals, the shipwrecked mariners reached the permanently moored Terschellingerbank lightship. There all 34 crew and two passengers were picked up by a Dutch maritime rescue vessel and taken to the island of Terschelling.The crew took the lifeboat with them to Rotterdam and later to Basel. It found its way to Lake Zurich where it served the Sea Scouts as a rescue boat until 1988. Today there is probably no other contemporary witness in the world that succeeds in documenting a shipwreck and rescue so authentically and even with original film recordings as does the MS Carona’s lifeboat.
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  • Lifeboat from the sunken MS Carona, Great Britain 1948
    34 sailors and 2 passengers owe their lives to this boat

    Following a collision with a Liberian freighter off the West Friesian islands on 28 February 1964, the badly damaged Swiss ocean-going vessel MS Carona sank in a matter of minutes. It was only thanks to rapid action, that the entire crew and passengers were able to save themselves. Because of the MS Carona’s severe list, only the starboard lifeboat could be lowered into the water.
    After two hours’ rowing towards the acoustic warning signals, the shipwrecked mariners reached the permanently moored Terschellingerbank lightship. There all 34 crew and two passengers were picked up by a Dutch maritime rescue vessel and taken to the island of Terschelling.
    The crew took the lifeboat with them to Rotterdam and later to Basel. It found its way to Lake Zurich where it served the Sea Scouts as a rescue boat until 1988. Today there is probably no other contemporary witness in the world that succeeds in documenting a shipwreck and rescue so authentically and even with original film recordings as does the MS Carona’s lifeboat.
  • Inventory No.VHS-5484a
  • Original/modelOriginal-Fahrzeug
  • Object typeObject (three-dimensional)
  • Manufacturer/operatorSchweizerische Reederei AG (1919 - 1975), Operator or user, archivalisch belegt
    W. Gray & Co Ltd (1919 - 1975), Manufacturer, archivalisch belegt
    Seepfadfinderabteilung Zürich (Seepfadi) (*1958), Operator or user, archivalisch belegt
  • GeographyUsage location: westfriesische Insel Terschelling
  • Dating1948 - 1949
  • Object weightL x B x H ca. 900 x 250 x 180 cm
    Gewicht ca. 500 kg
  • Number of passengers55
  • Type of propulsionManual drive, Wind power