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Article:MV Argo Merchant
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==1976 shipwreck==
 
==1976 shipwreck==
In December 1976, ''Argo Merchant'' loaded with {{convert|7700000|gal|l}} of [[Fuel oil|No. 6 fuel oil]] at [[Puerto La Cruz]], [[Venezuela]], sailing for [[Boston]] under Captain Georgios Papadopoulos. It was later established that the ship carried two unqualified crew as helmsmen, a broken [[gyrocompass]], inadequate charts, and an inaccurate [[radio direction finder]]. At six p.m. on 15 December in high winds and {{convert|10|ft|abbr=on}} seas, the tanker ran aground on [[Middle Rip Shoal]] about {{convert|25|nmi|link=on}} southeast of [[Nantucket, Massachusetts|Nantucket]] and more than {{convert|44|km|abbr=on}} off her intended course. The thirty-eight members of the crew were evacuated, but the shallow waters and weather conditions made it impossible to offload the oil or salvage the ship. On 21 December 1976, ''Argo Merchant'' broke apart and emptied its entire cargo of fuel oil, enough to heat 18,000 homes for a year. Fortunately, northwesterly winds blew the {{convert|60|by|100|nmi|abbr=on}} [[oil slick]] offshore, and coastal [[fisheries]] and beaches were spared the worst.
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In December 1976, ''Argo Merchant'' loaded with {{convert|7700000|gal|l}} of [[Fuel oil|No. 6 fuel oil]] at [[Puerto La Cruz]], [[Venezuela]], sailing for [[Boston]] under Captain Georgios Papadopoulos. It was later established that the ship carried two unqualified crew as helmsmen, a broken [[gyrocompass]], inadequate charts, and an inaccurate [[radio direction finder]]. At six p.m. on 15 December in high winds and {{convert|10|ft|abbr=on}} seas, the tanker ran aground on [[Middle Rip Shoal]] about {{convert|25|nmi|link=on}} southeast of [[Nantucket, Massachusetts|Nantucket]] and more than {{convert|44|km|abbr=on}} off her intended course. The thirty-eight members of the crew were evacuated, but the shallow waters and weather conditions made it impossible to offload the oil or salvage the ship. On 21 December 1976, ''Argo Merchant'' broke apart and emptied its entire cargo of fuel oil, enough to heat 18,000 homes for a year, and might i say wow thats a lot. Fortunately, northwesterly winds blew the {{convert|60|by|100|nmi|abbr=on}} [[oil slick]] offshore, and coastal [[fisheries]] and beaches were spared the worst.
   
 
[[File:Argo Merchant breaking apart.jpg|thumb|''Argo Merchant'' breaking apart on December 21, 1976.]]
 
[[File:Argo Merchant breaking apart.jpg|thumb|''Argo Merchant'' breaking apart on December 21, 1976.]]
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