Last Message From Ship: 'Sails Shredded'
Nina was moving slowly when she disappeared
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 12:49 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by Maritime New Zealand the yacht Nina, center, is tied at dock at a unidentified location.   (AP Photo/Maritime New Zealand)

(Newser) – There's a new ominous clue in the disappearance of the historic schooner Nina, indicating that the ship was limping along without much in the way of sails, traveling at just four knots. The last text message sent from the ship read as follows, the AP reports: "Thanks storm sails shredded last night, now bare poles. Goining 4kt 310deg will update course info (at) 6PM."

The message was never delivered. It was sent on June 4, a day after the ship called New Zealand meteorologists for advice avoiding extreme weather. "While it shows that Nina had survived the storm up to that point, very poor weather continued in the area for many hours and has been followed by other storms," a New Zealand official said. The New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre obtained the text from the satellite phone company Iridium with the help of the US State Department.

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Jul 4, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
The oceans are becoming evil w/the additional water in the seas & atmosphere from all that melted global ice. The storms & wave heights during storms & high tides are growing larger due to all the extra water. What once were survivable squalls during gale-force winds & storms are now smashing yachts' sails to bits & making those yachts & their crews disappear. Intriguing.
Jul 4, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
It was a cracken I tell you.
Jul 4, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
People will set out on voyages without adequate information and experience, and in vessels not equipped to weather violent seas and winds. Even full powered steamships and diesel motor vessels can get into trouble in those waters. This probable sinking is a sad event, but a largely avoidable one.