By George, another internet hoax

WHEN The Note received a picture, supposedly taken off the coast of Port Hedland during Cyclone George earlier this month, it marveled at the sheer enormity of the waves engulfing the ship, purportedly an iron ore carrier. It appears, however, that the architect of the original email was out to mislead The Note and others. What was thought to be ‘a boat in the Port Hedland cyclone’ was actually the good ship Spruceglen, mid-passage from Florida to Belgium, and the photo was ten years old. It’s all there on the website of company Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping:, which tells how the Spruceglen was caught in a North Atlantic storm in February, 1987. The ship’s second mate at the time, Captain George Ianiev, took the photos and was said to wonder whether they would survive the ordeal.

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