A small fleet of dinghies landed passengers on various shorelines for observation of local wildlife in the area. Each day comprised typically two to three expeditions to the shoreline. A team of experienced expedition leaders answered any tourist questions concerning the region, ice floes, their movements, and the ship's destinations.
After more than two decades of service, World Discoverer struck an uncharted reef in Sandfly Passage on April 30, 2000. A ferry answered the stricken ship’s distress call and carried her passengers to safety. Meanwhile Captain Oliver Kruess and his crew heroically grounded World Discoverer in Roderick Bay to avoid sinking.
The wreck has remained in Roderick Bay ever since, but is not thought to post an immediate environmental hazard. An underwater survey declared World Discoverer a “constructive loss” but efforts to salvage the vessel were hampered by the civil war in the Solomon Islands. Now rusting and ransacked, it makes for an interesting attraction for passing cruise ships.
And what is truly amazing is that you can actuallly see it on Google Maps!
Unfortunately for me, the ship hadn't floundered when I was in that area of the Solomons in 2000. In fact Sandfly Passage was beautifully calm when we visited.
|Japanese destroyer Karishama|
The destroyer Kikuzuki (left) also known as the Karishama in Tokio Bay is only a short distance from LST342 (below) a tank landing ship in Purvis Bay both were towed up to the shore by the US Navy to be salvaged. Now the World Discover adds another wreck to the Florida area.
|US landing craft transport near Mbola Island|