The Peruvian freighter
Paracas, entered the English Channel and, instead of using the northbound
lane off the French coast as she was supposed to do, took the shorter and
more convenient downbound lane along the English coast. She struck the
Panamanian tanker Texaco Caribbean and the resulting explosion shattered
windows five miles away in Folkstone. Nine men went down with the ship.
The British coastal authorities marked the sunked Texaco Caribbean with
three vertical green lights as a wreck warning. The following day a German
freighter, the Brandenburg, outbound for North America, hit the wreck and
sank with a loss of more than half her thirty-one-man crew. The British
added a lightship and five light buoys to the green lights on the site,
but on February 28 a Greek freighter, Niki, struck the two ships and herself
went down, taking her entire crew of twenty-two. A second lightship and
nine more buoys were added to the collection of wrecks, but on March 16
an unidentified tanker ignored a barrage of rockets and flashing lights
from the guard ships, ran through one row of buoys and, to everyone's suprise,
got away with it and vanished. Within a two-month period, sixteen ships
were reported by British coastal authorities for having ignored the elaborate
arrangement of lights and signals and entered the area of the wrecks, which
have since been demolished."
Noel Mostert_Supership_(1974) at 63-64.