The Greek motor tanker Victory was on a voyage
from West Palm Beach to Liverpool,
carrying a cargo of molasses,
when she broke in two in a Force 11 storm
when about 840 miles WSW of Land's End,
in lat 46.56N, long 25.26W on Febraury 12, 1982.
The forepart sank almost immediately
in the 50 ft waves and 80 mph winds,
but the afterpart on which were 16 survivors
from the 31 man crew remained afloat.
13 others, who had managed to climb into a lifeboat,
were thrown into the turbulent, icy waters
when their craft capsized.
The 16 remaining on the aft section
were subsequently lifted to safety the following day
by helicopters from the Dutch frigate Van Spejik.
The aft section remained afloat,
becoming a hazard to safety for over three weeks,
before being deliberatedly sunk by a team
of salvage experts on March 5.