The Lifeboat That Drifted 5,000 Miles in Under Two Years

by Owen James Burke

A 29-person lifeboat was discovered after it washed ashore in Australia about 2 years and 5,000 miles from the Nightingale Islands (just south of Tristan Da Cunha) where she was deployed after the bulk carrier M.S. Oliva ran aground in March of 2011.

 Bulk carrier MS Oliva, aground in the South Atlantic

Traveling from Brazil to Singapore, the Maltese-registered ship struck the uninhabited island with 1,500 tons of fuel, 65,000 metric tons of soya beans and, of course, one very seaworthy lifeboat.

Unfortunately, the Oliva’s hull has since broken up and she has sunk.

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