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Alexander Kielland Memorial. The Broken Chain

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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  • Uploaded on May 20, 2008
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    by Amelia Heath
    • 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
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