It upsets me to think that one of my favourite ships
and its engine room along with 17 poor souls
is now lying on the bottom of the ocean off South Africa.
On the Iron Endeavour we used to have problems
with the hydraulic hatch jacks
jamming up when we were preparing for departure.
This meant that the hatch cleats could not be engaged
and secured before we had freed the jack.
I often wonder if this is why the hatch floated off?
We used to have problems
with a horrible multi bolted engine room access hatch to the duct keel.
Did someone leave this door off?
Did the new owners load alternate holds?
The Panamax bulk carrier, Iron Endeavor,
was completed in February 1969 by Thompson and Sons of Sunderland
for the Nile Steamship Comp[any, (part of the Furness Withy Group).
Registered at Newcastle, U.K. 74,596 DWT, 40,316 GRT, 798'; LOA, 120'; Breadth, 39';
8 cylinder 20,000 bhp J type Doxford oil engine
giving her a 15 knot service speed and burning 57 tons of H.O. per day.
She had 8 cargo holds with a crew of 41.
We produced all electric power at sea from the main engine waste heat boiler.
She was strengthened for ore cargoes and No 3, 5 and 7 could be left empty.
On delivery, she was placed on a 10 year bareboat charter to BHP of Australia.
Vessel re-registered Australian
and she became the largest Australian flagged merchant ship.
Her main function was the transportation of iron ore pellets from Whyalla to Japan.
A typical run was Port Kembla to Whyalla in ballast,
load iron ore pellets for Japan
and then in ballast to Port Hedland to load iron ore fines for Port Kembla.
In 1970 she ran aground in Port Hedland
and received bottom damage which was repaired in Singapore.
1972, Galley burnt out at sea.
1983 the charter ended and the ship reverted to her owners.
Sold straight away to Greek interests, managers Theodore and Angelos Efstathiou, Piraeus,
renamed Andromachi, registered Piraeus.
1987, 27th April, the vessel loaded with iron ore ran aground in Venezuela's Orinoco river near mile 149.
Initial attempts to re-float her using tugs were unsuccessful
and she had to be lightened before being pulled into deeper water.
Sustained hull damage and following temporary repairs had to be dry docked in Hong Kong.
1990, Sold to the Turkish Kýran Group and renamed Kaptan Ziya Sonmez, registered Istanbul.
On 23rd February 1990 her collision bulkhead cracked while loading coal.
Cargo had to be removed and major ship yard repair carried out.
1992 Sold to Good Faith Shipping Company of Panama and renamed Ocean Blue.
Bought at an Admiralty auction in Gibraltar in 1992 by Ostene Shipping Company of Turkey.
Sold on almost immediately to Nagos Shipping Ltd., Valetta, Malta
and renamed Nagos, registered Valetta.
1993, 26th May, while on passage
from Richards Bay to Antwerp with a full cargo of coal,
the Nagos encountered very heavy weather off the South African coast.
A hatch cover was washed away, believed to be from No.1 hold,
and the ship began taking on water into the hold.
She sank approximately 70 miles off Port Elizabeth,
in lat.35 15S, long.24 01E.
16 crew members were rescued by helicopter
and 17 were missing believed drowned.