1981: Pacific Charger

Rescued seaman coming ashore after Pacific Charger ran aground at Baring Head

Rescued seaman coming ashore after Pacific Charger ran aground at Baring Head. Photo c22 May 1981: Phil Reid, Evening Post. Alexander Turnbull Library.

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.

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Pacific Charger seen arriving in Auckland on her maiden voyage, May 1981
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