Ken Murayama forwarded reports to MaritimeMatters that appeared in both Japanese and Croatian newspapers making reference to an incident involving Peace Boat’s classic liner, the 1965-built SS OCEANIC. The report suggests that the OCEANIC came under attack from pirates while sailing near Yemen last week. Captain Teodor Candrlic was congratulated with taking swift action that deflected the pirate attack. One report made mention of the ship adopting a zig-zag manoeuvre, while being attacked with grenades. The crew blasted the attackers with high pressure hoses while the ship sped up and steamed away at full speed toward a NATO alliance vessel for protection. The pirates were allegedly apprehended by a NATO patrol. We will update the story as more information is revealed.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.