On March 20, 1977, while on a ballast passage
from New York to Freeport, Bahamas,
the Panamanian steam tanker Claude Conway
broke in two after an explosion on board
about 150 miles SE of Cape Fear in lat 32.45N, long 75.25W.
Of a total crew of 39 only 27 survivors were picked up.
There was no sign of the missing 12 men.
The two sections drifted apart,
the bow section being sunk by Coast Guard fire on March 24
and the stern section being towed to New York,
where it was subsequently scrapped.