The American turbo-electric tanker Bunker Hill
was blown apart by three explosions on March 6, 1964,
some 80 miles north of Seattle
while on a ballast voyage from Tacoma to Anacortes.
One of the crew, Sheldon Phillips, later said he was
cleaning empty tanks when the first explosion occurred,
blowing the vessel in two, and starting a fire.
Rescue boats and helicopters raced to the scene
in Rosario Strait off Whidby Island,
to pick men up fromthe water.
The forward section of the tanker sank immediately
while the after section remained afloat for 30 minutes.
25 of the crew survived the ordeal
but the master and four others died.