Loaded eastbound tanker went aground on the South Sands
near the west entrance to the Straits of Malacca about 15 miles from One Fathom Lighthouse.
Ship said it had run aground at top of high water.
Her floating draft was 48.5 feet.
I later discovered what he had done.
Somewhere along the line, he was about nine miles out of his position,
and had been for some time.
He blamed his radar, which had given him distances
that were twice the actual distance.
I'm not sure how the radar managed to do this,
but he succeded in persuading the American owners' representative
that this was the case.
Ship was part off-loaded and refloated 19741006 about 1700.
No pollution and no damage other than scoring of paintwork
over forward shell bottom and scuffing of propeller blade tips.