All 27 men on the Panamanian motor ore carrier Arctic Career
were lost when the vessel disappeared in the South Atlantic
on June 25, 1985.
The Arctic Career had sailed from the Brazilian port
of Tubarao on June 17, loaded with 67,051 tons
of iron ore destined for Cigading, Indonesia.
After sailing, the master had reported his noon position
to the vessel's owners, every two days,
the last of which was on June 23
when he advised that the vessel's position was lat 30.47S, long 16.56W
(which is NW of Tristan da Cunha
and approximately 1800 miles from Capetown).
However, in this message, the master advised that they were
encountering boisterous weather, with the wind blowing NW Force 9,
and that the Arctic Career had sustained heavy weather damages.
An aerial search failed to find any trace of the vessel
or her 12 Hong Kong officers and 15 Philippino ratings.
accept for the sighting of some debris and an oil slick.