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Mourning the El Faro

Mourning the El Faro

"I just heard from a good source that Sea Star's El Faro went straight thru hurricane and the [emergency position indicating radio beacon] is activated."

— from the online gCaptain Forum discussion thread on El Faro

Not since 1983 has an American flagged merchant ship gone to the bottom in such an ugly way. The Marine Electric, deep loaded, departed the coal piers of Norfolk, Va., on the 10th day of February that year. The plan was to make a relatively short run up the coast to a power plant in Brayton Point, Mass. The ship never made it; 31 of her 34 crew members perished when Marine Electric went down off Chincoteague, Va., two days after it set out...