Chil Bo San #6, Spray Cape

Chil Bo San #6, Spray Cape

by | Oct 15, 2018

On January 11, 1989, Chil Bo San #6, a fish carrier of 283 feet (86 m), owned by Korea Wonyang Fisheries, reported itself in distress on the west side of Unalaska Island.

Chil Bo San #6 had a broken propeller shaft and was drifting in severe weather conditions. With anchors dragging, the vessel grounded two miles (3.2 km) south of Spray Cape. The vessel was carrying 4,565 gallons (17,280 l) of lube oil in drums and tanks, and approximately 65,000 gallons (246,000 l) of diesel. On January 15, an oil sheen had developed around the vessel and extended 2 miles (3.2 km) south. The vessel floated over a reef and beached in a small cove, settling onto the rocks sideways. Due to its isolated location and inclement weather, no immediate response to the vessel was possible. The following summer, the vessel owner removed roughly 4,000 gallons (1,514 l) of lube oil and 500 gallons (1892 l) of diesel, with the balance of the oil lost to the environment. The vessel was also infested with rats that survived and established a population on Unalaska Island.

Spray Cape was also the location of Selendang Ayu shipwreck. On December 8, 2004, the bulk cargo freighter went aground after its engine failed approximately half a mile from shore. Six crew members died when a rescue helicopter was engulfed by a breaking wave. The ship broke apart, resulting in a large oil spill. The vessel was carrying 132 million pounds (59,874,190 kg) of soybeans, approximately 424,000 gallons (1,605,015 l) of fuel oil, and 18,000 gallons (68,137 l) of marine diesel. Read more here and here. Explore more of Chil Bo San #6 wreck and Spray Cape here:

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