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Canada Consults with NI Museum Records in Mission to Clean Oil Leak from Wreck of Belfast-Built Ship

15th February 2021
A still from aerial footage of the oil leak at the wreck of the Belfast-built MV Schiedyk at Bligh Island, British Columbia A still from aerial footage of the oil leak at the wreck of the Belfast-built MV Schiedyk at Bligh Island, British Columbia Credit: Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook

An operation to clean up an oil leak from a shipwreck in Canadian waters has consulted archives in Northern Ireland where the vessel was built in the late 1940s.

As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the MV Schiedyk sank in January 1968 at Bligh Island, off Vancouver Island in western Canada.

But after more than 50 years, the wreck has begun leaking oil in an area that’s popular with boaters and anglers.

The Canadian Coast Guard turned to National Museums NI for help, consulting plans from the ship’s building in Belfast in 1949 — among its hundreds of records from Harland & Wolff and other shipyards — to determine the proper course of action.

The Belfast Telegraph has much more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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