Alexander Kielland Memorial. The Broken Chain

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On March 27, 1980 the deep waters of the North Sea swallowed most of the platform 235 miles east of Dundee. Serving as a hotel for the 212 men on board, the semi-submersible capsized after one of its main legs failed. But it didn’t sink immediately. The 14 minutes from when the first leg broke off, and when the sixth and final anchor cable snapped 60 seconds later, were crucial for the rig’s workers. The lack of proper staff training and safety equipment, combined with strong winds, big waves, and freezing waters, resulted in 123 deaths and 89 survivors. According to Stavanger Aftenblad, only 76 of the 212 had safety training.

Here is one eternal, solitary reminder of Kielland. The monument, quietly looking towards the large sea as if listening to the cries of the victims it commemorates, watches over the 30 bodies that were never found.

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Amelia Royan on March 3, 2011


It's dreadful to feel disconnected - did 69 help to stick everything together then?

Nick Weall on March 3, 2011

69 is special fried rice which is jolly good at filling holes and fairly efficient at sticking rice paper, but the little bits of green disfigure everything :)

Amelia Royan on March 3, 2011

I love little bits of green on my tail ;

Nick Weall on March 3, 2011

I bet you do :)))))

piotr. - No VIEWS !… on June 17, 2011

I ♥ # 2

Jos Boom on March 22, 2012

Hi Amelia Royan, great compostion, very well done. L Greets Jos. ps I´ll add you to my favorite fotographers.

Amelia Royan on March 22, 2012

Good evening Jos, this monument is in memory of Alexander L. Kielland oil platform disaster, 32 years ago, resulting in 123 deaths and 89 survivors. It overlooks the North Sea and it is said that it watches over the 30 bodies that were never found.

Thank you for adding my gallery to your list of favourites. :))

Groetjes, Amelia

Karen Raley on April 25, 2012

Magnificent photograph and beautifully worded tribute. Very moving. Best wishes, Karen

Joe Son of the Rock on March 23, 2014

LIKE 5. You are correct, Amelia, it does look like Hill Jephson Robb's Embrace at Giffnock. Cheers, Joe

tofil44 on October 15

It's also a good picture to the "3 to be three" group

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Amelia Royan
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W90
    • Taken on 2008/05/18 13:12:50
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 8.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash