Ronald Kellman was the Chief Electrician on board the Trident when it sailed from England to Barbados in record time. He said, “We passed through a place called the roughest sea in the world, the Bay of Biscay. A big container came in behind us and we made it all the way to Barbados.”
Lennox Carter who was an able-seaman in 1981 recalls the training which the crew underwent in England and the long journey back home. “It was my first time seeing such big waves… waves breaking across the wheelhouse which is the uppermost part of the deck. I wouldn’t say I was scared, I was just worried at the time. On the trip across it was done in record time and it was one of the smoothest sailing trips we have ever had. Two days after we passed through a container sank in the Bay of Biscay,” he said.
While the sinking appeared to occur in just about six minutes, officials explained that the stripping and sanitising of the boat was carried out two months ago. The ship was towed to the Marine Park yesterday and was strategically placed to fall in the vicinity of two other ships, to form a triangle.
The warship joins six other shipwrecks in the Carlisle Bay Marine Park including the Stavronikita which was sunk in 1978, the well known Bajan Queen which went down in May 2002. The ship was decommissioned on 25 April 2009.