Effects of ‘Torrey Canyon’ Pollution on Marine Life

  • Norman A. Holme
Part of the Ocean Technology book series (OCTC)


The ‘Torrey Canyon’ stranded on the Seven Stones Reef off Lands End on March 18th, 1967. Within ten days her entire cargoe of 118,000 long tons of Kuwait crude oil had been released on to the sea, or burned following the bombing of the wreck. The released oil drifted off in three different masses; initially about 30,000 tons escaped and this drifted up the English Channel and polluted the N. coast of France, also Guernsey. During the following week a further 20,000 tons escaped, to pollute the west Cornish coast. On March 26th, the ship broke her back and released 50,000 tons which drifted south into Biscay. The wreck was bombed on March 28–30, the remaining 20,000 tons being either burned or released on to the sea.


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  1. 1.
    Cabinet Office (1967): The Totrey Canyon. Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London. 48 pp. (S.O. Code No. 63–190. Price 5s.9d).Google Scholar
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    Smith, J.E., ed. (1968). ‘Torrey Canyon’ Pollution and Marine Life. Cambridge University Press. 196 pp. Library of Congress Catalogue No. 68–21400. $9.50 in U.S.A.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman A. Holme
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  1. 1.The LaboratoryMarine Biological Association of the United KingdomCitadel Hill, Plymouth, DevonEngland

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