Carrying a cargo of 22,000 tons of pig iron
from Vitoria, Brazil to Constantza,
the Greek motor bulk carrier Maria Bacolitsa
passed the Bosporus at 0728 om March 1, 1980,
bound into the Black Sea,
advising that her ETA was 2300 local time that day.
She subsequently communicated at 9 PM via VHF
with another vessel that was in Constantza Roads
requesting information about weather conditions,
but then at 2204, she sent out an SOS
while off the coast of Romania.
No trace of the vessel or her approximately 30 man crew
was immediately found.
In fact, it was not until May 2
that a diver located the wreck,
lying sunk in about 40 m of water about 3.5 miles
off the coast near Constantza in lat 43.53.06N, long 28.46.54E.
No survivors were ever found.