On February 23, 1977, while on a voyage from Seria, Brunei
to Barbers Point, Hawaii, loaded with 95,000 tons of crude oil,
the Liberian motor tanker Hawaiian Patriot
sustained a large 100 ft crack in her hull during a storm
when some 330 miles west of Honolulu,
causing heavy leakage of oil.
It was estimated that over 17,500 tons had leaked
befoer the oil ignited,
casuing an enormous explosion that engulfed the vessel in flames
and black smoke at 1040 the next day.
The huge slick also caught fire.
Once crew member died in the blast,
but the other 38 leapt into the sea,
from where they were safely picked up
by the motor vessel Philippine Bataan.
The blazing Hawaiian Patriot then broke in two
and sank in lat 22.01N, long 165.29W at 1630 on February 24.