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Shipwreck lifeboat drifts from Tristan da Cunha to Australia

A battered lifeboat has washed up on a beach in South Australia, nearly two years after drifting away from the wreck of the MS Oliva near Tristan da Cunha. It floated about 5,000 miles from Nightingale Island, where the ship ran aground after duty officers mistook the island’s radar shadow for a heavy rain cloud, and …

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Tristan da Cunha disaster recalled as Queen honours captain

The master of Tristan da Cunha’s fisheries vessel has told how he was caught up in the MS Oliva shipwreck disaster – after his efforts was recognised by the Queen. Captain Clarence October could see the cargo ship’s lights when it ran aground on Nightingale island on 16 March 2011. He and his crew aboard the MV Edinburgh were instrumental in …

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Revealed: blunders that caused Tristan da Cunha wreck disaster

Last year’s shipwreck disaster on Tristan da Cunha was caused by a drowsy officer who thought Nightingale Island was a rain cloud, an investigation has revealed. The chief mate of the MS Oliva failed to change course when Tristan’s sister island showed up on radar, and the ship ploughed on to rocks. People on Tristan spent weeks trying to save …

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