The Liberian ore/oil motor vessel Oriental Pioneer
was on a voyage from Lourenco Marques to Rotterdam,
loaded with a cargo of 46,000 tons of iron ore when,
after taking a sudden list, she was placed aground
four miles off Cape Agulhas list on July 22, 1974.
Seriously holed and with several compartments tidal and flooded,
the vessel continued to sustain heavy pounding.
With the Oriental Pioneer breaking up,
her crew was air lifted to safety by helicopter.