Dominican Republic,Caribbean

The steam tanker Esmeralda was laid down at Ateliers & Chantiers de St.Nazaire in France, and was launched in 1957. She changed owners several times in the 1970's, before she was sold to the company Pontiac Shipping in Panama and renamed Astron. Under a journey from USA to Cuba loaded with corn, she hit ground outside Punta Cana 7.April 1978. The crew of 23 men were all rescued by  a tug who came to assist, but the ship was torn in two parts and caused an oil spill endangering the environment. She was written off as a total loss, and her broken wreck rest today in shallow waters, with her bow visible on the surface and down to a depth of 15 meter.

Former names:
Esmeralda, Bonnie
220,7 x 30,0 x 11,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
26947 grt
St. Nazaire ( F ) 1957
Panama ( PA )

Last updated: June 2019