South Africa

Jean Laborde was an ocean liner built by Forges & Chantiers de la Gironde in France. She was launched in July 1952 and delivered to Messageries Maritimes in June the following year. She was sold several times in the 1970's, before she ended up as Oceanos sailing for the Greek company Epirotiki Lines 1976. Under a journey from East London to Durban in August 1991 with 571 passengers, she sailed into a storm. After an internal explosion 3. August all power was lost and started to take in water while she drifted helplessly in the water. All the passengers were rescued by South African air force helicopters and a Dutch ship that had arrived to assist. She disappeared in the deep the following morning 4. August 1991 and rest today on a depth of 82 to 90 meter south of Coffee Bay northeast of East London.

Former names:
Jean Laborde, Mykinai, Ancona, Eastern Princess
502,0 x 66,0 x 23,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
14000 grt
Bordeaux ( F ) 1952
Piraeus ( GR )

32.12093°S 29.12029°E

Last updated: February 2018