Six of the 37 crewmen of the Finnish motor tanker Ragny
lost their lives as a result of the vessel
breaking in two in very heavy seas and high winds
in the North Atlantic about 600 miles east of Cape May
in lat 38.48N, long 60.58W on December 27, 1970.
The surviving 31, all on the stern section,
were rescued over 30 hours later by the USCG cutter Escanaba,
which took them to Hamilton, Bermuda.
The Ragny had sailed from Freeport, Bahamas on Decmber 21
bound for Trondheim and Aalesund
with a cargo of auto-diesel and heating oil.
According to one of the survivors,
the crew were all eating dinner at about 6 pm
on December 26 when the lights went out.
It was only after using torches
that they found that their vessel had split in two.
Her two parts drifted apart,
the bow section sinking in lat 38.32N long 60.45W
on Decmber 29,
and the stern section sinking the following day
in lat 39.55N, long 58.35W.