On 21 May 1981, the bulk carrier Pacific Charger ran aground at Baring Head, near Wellington, on her maiden voyage.
After pumping out the oil aboard, the Liberian-registered vessel was pulled off the rocks by three tugboats, and then towed to Japan for repairs.
She continue to sail for many years under a number of different names including Cobalt Islands, Ken Island, Kition, Mandarin Sea, Ocean Walker and Century Star.
6 December 2014: Journalists recall the grounding of Pacific Charger
|Pacific Charger seen arriving in Auckland on her maiden voyage, May 1981
© Chris Howell