Black Tide

Battered by rough seas, a breached tanker begins to sink...

The Prestige was built in Japan in 1976 and was scheduled to be phased out in 2005. The tanker was carrying 84,849 tons of heavy fuel oil, bound for Singapore

NOV. 5-12 Tanker sails from Latvia, passing Spanish coast

NOV. 13 Flooding begins; crew evacuated

NOV. 14 Spain won't allow ship to approach coast and forces it out to sea

NOV. 15 Breach opens in vessel, which is towed to calmer waters

NOV. 19 Tanker breaks in two and sinks

HOW THE SHIP SANK

1 When the oil was loaded, two...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!