4 April 2012 by Sarah Starkey
It’s rather hard to make out, but this photograph shows a large hole in the Ellerman Line vessel City of Exeter caused when it was mined 200 miles off Bombay (Mumbai) in 1917. The ship safely reached Bombay (Mumbai) and was put into dry dock for repairs.
Today is International Mine Awareness Day part of a campaign to highlight the danger to civilians from mines laid during wars. The charity MAG (Mines Awareness Group) does a lot of work in this area, both in educating children to recognise and avoid mines and in clearing land so it can be safely used again.
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