A Memento Of Your Service: Torrey Canyon

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An impending disaster puts pressure for decisive action on those in charge, while at the same time clouding the senses, mistakes in judgment are easily overlooked by all. The story “A Memento of Your Service” was one example for this case, as the super tanker Torrey Canyon, built by Newport News Shipbuilding of Virginia, headed towards dangerous rocks beneath the heavily-laden hull on March 18th, 1967. The largest oil-spill to date happened that day as a result of miscommunication between shipmates, risky planning considering the stakes, and overlooked technology right under the noses of its crew. The immediate confrontation with catastrophe spun the captain, and his crew, into a state to change the course of the 1000 foot vessel obvious signs

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