The Final Hours of the El Faro

United States Coast Guard photo, via Wikimedia Commons

When the 790’ cargo ship El Faro sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, all 33 people onboard died, including four Mainers.

A recent article on provides insight into the tense, final hours onboard the doomed ship.

This run was to be the El Faro’s last before a planned major retrofit. One Coast Guard inspector had identified a “disturbing” uptick in safety discrepancies during the El Faro’s inspections from 2013 to 2014. The Guard was in the process of adding the 40-year-old ship to its “target list” of U.S. cargo vessels that needed a higher level of scrutiny.

Read about the last hours of the El Faro.