panamanian SS Astron [+1978]
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general
nationality panamanian
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1957
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 26947  grt
dimensions 220.7 x 29.9 x 11.9 m
engine 1 steam turbine, single shaft, 1 screw
power  
speed 16.5  knots
yard no. 17
IMO/Off. no. 5106380
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 07/04/1978  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Ateliers & Chantiers De St. Nazaire - Chantiers de l' Atlantique, Penhoët (St. Nazaire)
last owner
[1]Pontiac Shipping Co. Ltd., Panama
SS Astron [+1978]
period 1976 ~ 1978
IMO/Off. no.: 5106380
prev. owners
[2]Pontiac Shipping Co. Ltd., Panama
SS Bonnie
period 1972 ~ 1976
IMO/Off. no.: 5106380
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 28/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 07/09/2013
 
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[1] Algoet Gaetan20/11/2009
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Racey Carl21/11/2009

The ship was scuttled just off the eastern coastline in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Literally, the ship was torn apart in two pieces so that the bow is placed in vertical direction above water and the stern is placed on the side under water. This is the special lure of the wreck for diving in 17.5 yards 16m depth.
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Racey Carl21/11/2009The motor vessel ASTRON was a French-built oil tanker built in 1957 (formerly Esmeralda, then Bonnie), On the 7th of April, 1978 she was delivering corn to Cuba when she ran aground, in Punta Cana, and began to break up. The vessel was under Russian ownership at time of loss. The incident is also recorded for having spilled 7,330 barrels of bunker fuel according to the ESTC database. Other sources say ithe ASTRON was scuttled for the and then broke in two. The ASTRON was 127 metres long with a depth of 15 meters.

Built as the ESMERALDA by L´Atlantque, St Nazaire; Yard No L17; Launched 29/06/1957; Wrecked on 07/04/1978


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Carimar06/10/2013The Panamaian steam tanker ASTRON (Owned by Pontiac Shipping Co. Ltd.(Greece), Panama) was on ballast voyage from Boston, Massachusetts, to Aruba, when she was wrecked by running aground 20 miles north west of Cabo Engano, Light, Republica Dominicana, in lat 18°44'N, long. 68°27'W, on April 7, 1978, after so called developing steering trouble (sleeping during watch). All 23 crew members resuced by tug "Smith Salvour".

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