The Flying Enterprise made world headlines in 1952 and made Captain Kurt Carlsen a hero of the time having been given a tickertape reception through the streets of New York like the presidents and film stars of the day.
The Flying Enterprise was in the Western Approaches to the English Channel when she foundered on 10th January 1952. Captain Kurt Carlsen was taken into the hearts of the nation when every day, for 14 days, dramatic tv footage and newspaper headlines showed him clinging on board his ship, trying to keep her afloat and rescue her. Eventually, however, she sank and lies in 84 metres of water.
Controversy about why Captain Larsen fought so hard to keep the vessel afloat involves the CIA and stories of illicit radioactive cargo. Discovered on 2nd June 2001 by the Starfish Enterprise she was made into a documentary by Lars Spang Olsen using much of my footage. This program is now being shown on National Geographic.