Hero greeted by cheering crowds in Falmouth after 1951 'Flying Enterprise' drama dies aged 89 (From Falmouth Packet)
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Hero greeted by cheering crowds in Falmouth after 1951 'Flying Enterprise' drama dies aged 89
9:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
Kenneth Dancy, one of the true heroes of the Flying Enterprise drama, which attracted worldwide media attention in 1951, has died at the age of 89.
The American freighter Flying Enterprise took on a huge list on Christmas Day 1951 when some 300 miles south west of Ireland.
The passengers and crew were rescued a couple of days later but her brave master Captain Kurt Carlsen remained with his ship. The salvage tug Turmoil on station in Falmouth raced to the ship’s aid in January 1952.
Whilst trying to pass a towline to the ship Turmoil came so close that Kenneth Dancy, her Mate, leapt across the gap to join Carlsen. The rest as they say is history as the tug battled against all odds to tow Flying Enterprise to Falmouth. Just 40 miles off the Cornish coast the ship sank with Carlsen and Dancy being saved by Turmoil as the ship foundered beneath them.
Both men were landed at the Prince of Wales Pier on arrival at Falmouth where thousands turned out to greet the men.
They became instant heroes with Carlsen receiving a ticker-tape parade in New York, USA. Here in the UK, Dancy was welcomed in his hometown of Tunbridge Wells by 20,000 people.
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