All but two of her 33 crew members were lost
when the Japanese motor vessel Bolivar Maru capsized,
broke in two, and sank in rough seas in the Pacific Ocean
about 280 miles from Tokyo in lat 33.05N, long 144.30E
on January 5, 1969.
She had been on a voyage from San Nicolas, Peru
to Yokohama, fully loaded with 52,900 tons of iron ore.
According to the two survivors,
who were picked up by a passing Japanese freighter,
the Bolivar Maru had been taking in water
through hull breakages in hold No 2 which was empty,
before she broke in two.
The cargo had only been loaded in holds 1, 3 and 5.