Eleven members of the crew of the Liberian motor tanker Comet Commander,
including the master Captain Wong Chi Chon,
of Taiwan, were lost when their vessel broke in two
during stormy weather in the Pacific Ocean
about 500 miles NW of Midway Island onApril 3, 1966.
The Comet Commander which had sailed from Los Angeles
with a cargo of petroleum products bound for Yokohama,
was in approximately lat 32N long 173E
when she split at mid-length.
The forward section sank almost immediately,
but the after section remained afloat.
Thirty-one of her 42 man Taiwan-Chinese crew
were rescued by the nearby Japanese fishing vessel
The skipper of the fishing vessel reported
by radio that he believed that the missing men
had gone down with the forepart.
The stern section drifted until it too sank at 4.38 pl local time
in lat 30.30N, long 176.37E.