In the summer of 1984, a very poorly maintained general cargo ship built in The Netherlands in the early ‘50s got into some engine trouble just off the coast of Bonaire, an island of the Dutch Caribbean some 80 kilometers north of Venezuela.
Under the investigation of criminal activity the ship was towed out of port, just off shore, to sit and wait at anchor for a decision to be made for the future of the ship.
Eventually, and not entirely according to plan, the years of neglect which had lead to the engine trouble in the first place took their final toll. On the early Wednesday morning of September 12th 1984, she started to take on water, rolled onto her starboard side.
Just after 9:00 AM the ‘Hilma Hooker’ was lost to the waves.
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