TRANSPORT: Rescue from the Graveyard

With the ready-to-assemble equipment for a cement factory and a steel forging plant in her hold, the 1,275-ton Honduran freighter Omar Babun steamed out of Philadelphia one day last May on a coastwise voyage to Havana. Off the Carolina coast, the Babun ran into a full gale. Her cargo shook loose, tearing away the deck supports and ripping her hull. Captain José Villa ordered the ship beached on the desolate Outer Banks, 25 miles above Cape Hatteras. That night Captain Villa and his crew were taken off on a Coast Guard lifeline, and the Babun was abandoned 300 yards...

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