The American steam tanker Omi Yukon was on a ballast passage
from Barbers Pt to Ulsan for dry docking,
when she was rocked by an explosion and fire in her engine room,
955 miles west of Oahu in lat 23.35N, 174.26W on October 28, 1986.
Two further blasts immediately followed
with 30 ft flames engulfing the forward and aft sections,
with the mid-section glowing red hot as the crew abandoned ship.
33 of the 37 men on board spent the night in two lifeboats
before being picked up by a Japanese fishing vessel,
which later transferred them to the bulk carrier Dresden.
They were then all safely landed at Midway Island.
Another four men remained missing, presumed dead.
According to the master, the original blast occurred
whenthe vessel's empty tanks were being cleared of explosive gases
in order to gas-free her before reaching dry dock.
Of the 37 men on board, 26 were American crew members,
and 11 were Japanese shipyard employees
working in the tanks.
Towed to Japan and scrapped.