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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The disappearance of Malaysian Air 370 27 months ago, has continued to confound, even more so than that of Amelia Earhart and D.B. Cooper.  With all the current technology and effort expended ($70 million), including the sporadic re-appearance of debris unto islands of the Indian Ocean and East Africa, the current odds are that the wreck itself will never be found, for the search will officially end later this month.

No question that a next stage of black boxes (which are orange) will be real-time Cloud-connection.  The immediate availability of data should in the future improve these searches.

An equivalent mystery, at sea, perhaps more so than the Flying Dutchman (ghost ship folklore) or the Mary Celeste (colorful, with a giant squid, submarine earthquakes, paranormal intervention and Sherlock Holmes options), is the fate of the Malaysian SS Ourang Medan in the Straits of Malaka.  In 1947 there was an SOS message indicating that the captain and rest of the crew was dead, the telegrapher during transmission.  The American Silver Star in the area was asked to respond to this distress call.

They found the ship, and everyone on board was dead, mostly looking up into the sky.  During the rescue attempt, a fire broke out, the effort was abandoned, and the ship violently exploded and sank.  Among the theories:
  • ship was transporting nerve gas which the Japanese military had been storing in China, which meant that there was no paper trail--there was a Unit 731 commanded by Shiro Ishii as early as 1932 suspected to have conducted biological weapon tests
  • cargo of potassium cyanide and nitroglycerin, also something to be shielded from authorities, probably the most realistic of the conspiracies
  • carbon monoxide from the ship's boiler system
  • attack by UFOs, for the dead faces seemed to be pointing to an unknown enemy
  • the ship never existed...but there are these photos

Funny, though, but they look like different ships.

Tomorrow, perhaps a hint about my 2018 World Cruise, and maybe a look at some of the largest ships now floating, the $1 billion Harmony of the Seas and Knock Nevis, a football field longer than the largest aircraft carrier.


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