Wreck on the Rocks

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.

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3 thoughts on “Wreck on the Rocks

  1. Agree.

    And as you have heard me say (and work and live by this expression):

    *”Good seamanship is defined as having sufficient intelligence, * *experience, and foresight to avoid desperate circumstances demanding same.”*

    I define you, Howard, as a “Good Seaman,” because you have the intelligence, experience, and foresight to avoid desperate circumstances such as confronting a hurricane, by waiting it out at anchor. No anchor yet made or even designed is capable of matching winds of 165 kts and seas to match. Of course there were probably extenuating circumstances, but still . . . . Somebody was negligent during the decision-making process, and the Captain is the responsible party.

    *Bernie*

    *Captain Bernie Weiss*

    51 Regent Court

    Stamford, CT 06907

    CaptainBernieWeiss@Gmail.com

    203.969.5936

    On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:06 PM, GrandAdventuresAboardRavensDance wrote:

    > Captain Howard posted: “Wreck on the Rocks 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. Apparentlly she was waiting out the > storm at anchor , but that proved no match for the estimated 1” >

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