Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mikhail Lermontov



The Mikhail Lermontov a huge Russian cruise liner hit rocks and sank in Marlborough Sounds 25 years ago today. The Harbour Master piloted the ship between the rocks at Cape Jackson, it hit the rocks and gouged a deep 12 metre gash in the side. The ship sank very quickly in the deep waters of Port Gore. amazingly with only the loss of one life, that of a crew member, all the aged passengers got off the ship safely.
The ship still lies in 33 metres of water, on its side, it is a haven for divers, a popular tourist attraction.
Only this Lifeboat remains, as a memorial to the ship in Picton.

7 comments:

Jo said...

Hi Glennis, great to see you again. Thanks for this interesting post. The image of the lifeboat "tugged" at my heartstrings. Blessings from Jo.

Marja said...

I heard about that. Great that non lost their lives

BJ Roan said...

I heard there was an earthquake in New Zealand. Hopefully not in your area. Just checking on you. I hope you and your family are okay.

Amrita said...

Dear Glennis, saw reports of the hossible earthquake in NZ - really shocking. Trust you an d your family and friends are OK.Please let us know

claude said...

I am very sad in hearing about the new terrible earthquake in Christcurch and very moved in looking (on the TV )at the pictures of the city and the destroyed church.

MARK said...

Marja there was a crew member that lost his life on that night in the engine room and never found and four divers have died diving on the wreck and two are still inside somewhere.

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