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Photographer:Yvon Perchoc [View profile]Title:MELANESIAAdded:Aug 17, 2015
Captured:June 05, 1994IMO:5394315Hits:1,385
Location:Noumea, New Caledonia
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Gadji Bay (New-Caledonia), June 5th 1994.
MELANESIA / FRA / 1955 / 357 gt / IMO 5394315
Launched as JUDITH MARY, 1957– SLEVIK, 1960– YALATA, 1977– GLENELG (Pan)
1980- Under arrest in Australia, she escaped during a dark night. She proceeded to Vanuatu which was in trouble at this time. There, she is suspected of arms smuggling, and seized again. Anchored under arrest in Port-Vila Bay, she went aground on Ifira Island during hurricane. Refloated, she is used as floating storage.
12/1981- She escaped with her Captain from Port-Vila.
28/12/1981- She is reported aground on Pott Island, one of Belep Islands, North of New-Caledonia. A small team worked during one year on the coral barrier to refloat the ship.
29/12/1982 – She is refloated and towed to Nouméa
1983 – The coaster is too much damaged and then laid up at Nouméa for five years. Then renamed MELANESIA (Noumea).
12/1987- In order to clear her berth, she is towed and anchored without crew in Gadji Bay near Nouméa.
13/01/1988 - During hurricane 'Anne', she dragged her anchors and went aground.
This was the end of a tumultuous live.

Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Yalata (Until 1977)
- Slevik (Until 1960)
- Judith Mary (Until 1957)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Fish Factory
Gross tonnage:385 tons
Summer DWT:866 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1955
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Clyde Dickens on Aug 18, 2015 00:16 (5 years ago)
Yvon, thank you for the history as well as the pic.

It was indeed a tumultuous life.
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