On the way back to Barra we passed the bulk carrier Los Llanitos that went on the rocks during the season’s worst hurricane, Patricia. According to the official version she was apparently waiting out the storm at anchor , but that proved no match for the estimated 165 mph hurricane winds and seas. Now she is wedged upright in between reef rocks and the coast. The curve of her lines is not an aesthetic choice — she is twisted and her spine is broken. At least 19 of the ship’s 27 crew members were evacuated by helicopter, with the rest of the crew remaining on board to assist in salvage. But rumors swirl that it was an “insurance job” inferring that the captain intentionally grounded her on the rocks . Both the ship’s anchors are on board and stowed –raising doubt about the veracity of any anchor problem. Also the wide beaches on either side of this cliff would have been a safer plae for an intentional grounding.
It seems unimaginable that she can be refloated. But it seems equally unimaginable that humans can dismantle her and carry the pieces away. Many local citizens want her left in place. She’s already generating revenue as a tourist attraction.
My mind imagines the battering in a hurricane stronger than the steel in the ship’s hull. And the captain’s last hours. I emphasize with his plight. I am transfixed staring at the hulk because there but for the grace of God goes Raven’s Dance if I should lose such a battle with the sea.