1985 France planned to test an atomic bomb at Moruroa in
French Polynesia. This was something Greenpeace didnt like
much, and they sent a group of activists to New Zealand on
their flagship Rainbow Warrior. This again, was something
the French intelligence service DGSE didnt like much, and
they launched Operation Satanique. Agents from DGSE sunk
the ship with two mines in Auckland harbor 10.July 1985.
France officially denied the operation, but two agents
were later arrested and the truth was revealed. She was
raised, but declared a total wreck and scuttled in Maturi
Bay 12.December 1987. The wreck rest today on a depth of
26 meter southeast of Cavelli Island.
|Sir William Hardy
|127,5 x 27,7 x 15,0 f
| 418 grt
|Aberdeen ( UK ) 1954
|Aberdeen ( UK )
S 173º58.14' E
( Source: Seafriends )
Wikipedia, Public domain
"Owned in 1967 by the
Ministry of Technology. Sold in 1978 to Greenpeace,
renamed Rainbow Warrior.
Sunk by French secret agents in Waitemata harbo on
midnight 10 July 1985. She was sunk by underwater
charges which blew two holes in the hull. The crew
escaped, apart from photographer Fernando Pereira, who
drowned. She was refloated but could not be repaired.
The hull was towed from Auckland and scuttled near the
Cavalli Islands, off the Northland coast, to become an