Polynesian Diakan (#) (-1975), a 147-foot freighter that became disabled and sank off San Clemente Island while under tow enroute to Los Angeles harbor.
In the News~
June 9, 1975 [News-Pilot, San Pedro]: “Greek freighter sinks while being towed. The Coast Guard said today as far as it knows, no further effort will be made to salvage the Greek freighter Polynesian Diakan that sank in the Pacific Ocean this weekend during attempts to tow it ashore. The 147-foot freighter, disabled five days ago and abandoned by her five-man crew, sank Saturday while being towed by a tug boat that sought to salvage her multimillion dollar cargo of canned tuna. "That's the end of it," said a spokesman for the towing company. "The depth of the water there is too great to continue salvage operations." According to Coast Guard headquarters here, the tug Pacific Genimi, which was towing the disabled craft to the Los Angeles harbor, was forced to cut its lines with the freighter Saturday when the craft rolled over on her side and sank off San Clemente Island, about 115 miles southwest of San Diego. "We don't know what caused the ship to sink," said a spokesman. ”