Viking Princess ble skadet av brann i Karibien 8. april 1966. Det var et 12 800 GRT, 163m langt norske cruiseskip, bygget i 1950. Det var 235 passasjerer og 259 mannskapet om bord. Mens skipet var 60 miles utenfor Cuba, en brann startet i maskinrommet 01:44 den 8. april. Brannen kom ut av kontroll, og kapteinen beordret passasjerene og mannskap på tilå forlate skipet. Evakueringen var godt organisert. Det var 25 mindre skader. Men 2 passasjerer døde av hjerteinfarkt. Skipet ble slept til havn men var konstruktiv totalt tap.
Awards Given - The following are the people who risked their lives to save the Viking Princess.
Ready for rescue and assistance operations throughout her career, she was herself the recipient of aid in October 1963 when she was damaged by hurricane Ginny while towing a DE. Relieved of her tow by a Coast Guard tug, she underwent repairs and, in November, resumed her services to the fleet. Two of her most notable salvage missions came in April 1966 and in January 1971. During the first, she assisted fire-fighting and salvage operations for MV Viking Princess which was located, on fire and drifting, in the Windward Passage. The second involved the storm damaged Brazilian freighter, Amazonia, loaded with lye, malt, raw plastics, bulk newsprint, and heavy mining equipment. For the latter operation, conducted off Bermuda, she was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
I.1.3 Viking Princess
The Viking Princess was damaged by fire in the Caribbean on 8 April 1966. It was a 12,800 GRT, 163m long Norwegian cruise liner, built in 1950. There were 235 passengers and 259 crew on board. While the ship was 60 miles off Cuba, a fire started in the engine room at 01:44 on 8 April. The fire could not be controlled, and the master ordered the passengers and
crew to abandon ship. The evacuation was well organised, although one lifeboat descended too quickly, and another was temporarily stuck in mid-air and had to be freed with an axe.
There were 25 minor injuries. However, 2 passengers died from heart attacks. When passing merchant ships arrived, fire had enveloped the superstructure. They picked up all the I det øverste avsnitt fant jeg «Viking Princess» nevnt under en artikkel om USS Salisha.
(Det andre avsnitt er fra et dokument fra DNV. Erling M B Hellesund)