List of some notable planes and ships lost in the Sunda Trench:
1566 -- Loss of Portugese trading vessel on trip from Ambon Island
1693 -- Disappearance of noted early Dutch explorer Conrad Van Eyck
1815 -- British fighting vessel "Princess Mary" reported missing with all hands on trip from Cape Town
1914 -- Japanese steam freighter goes missing on expedition to New Guinea
1931 -- Dutch freighter vanishes returning from Timor, crew of 29 on board
1933 -- British warship disappears during expedition
1937 -- Pilot involved in search for Amelia Earhart disappears off coast of Sumatra
1944 -- Several American bombing planes go missing in region on routine mission, despite no reports of storms or enemy activity
1948 -- Dutch merchant ship SS Ourang Medan was found adrift off Indonesia with all of its crew dead. The ship subsequently caught on fire and sank.
1951 -- US submarine disappears during patrol of waters
1955 -- British plane en route to Thailand disappears with 7 crew and 13 passengers -- one week later a plane sent out on a rescue mission also vanishes
1957 -- US seaplane lost with 10 crewmen
1964 -- American aircraft carrying 55 military personnel to South Vietnam vanishes
1966 -- British navy boat on patrol during Indonesian confrontation vanishes -- initially this loss was thought to be due to Indonesian military, but later release of classified documents from the Indonesian government indicated this was not the case
1973 -- French sailor disappears during round the world yacht expedition
1975 -- privately-owned plane carrying Minister in Indonesian government vanishes with 6 people on board
1981 -- Japanese commercial plane with 2 pilots and 42 passengers disappears en route to Jakarta
1981 -- Pleasure craft captained by West German business tycoon disappears
1988 -- Indonesian commercial plane disappears over ocean, 238 people on board
1998 -- Taiwanese freighter lost
2003 -- ship High Aim 6 left Taiwan on October 31, 2002 - found floating in Australian waters without its crew on on January 8, 2003.
In addition to these, there have been reports of a high incidence of unexplained electronics failure in the area. Compasses have also been known to behave erratically.
Greetings from the Christiane I. I made it! It was looking a bit dicey for a while there but soon as I pulled out my screwdriver they were never going to leave Jakarta without me.
The captain is a crusty ol' sea dog called Ockham. He's a straight talker so we get on fine (you know how I like to know where I stand). The expedition supervisor is another story. He's a real company man. Keeps reminding everyone of his 'employer requirements'. His name's Talbot. I've heard the captain calling him 'Oscar' behind his back so I assume that's his first name. His accent's hard to pin down - maybe a little US East coast (as if I'd know). He seems pretty well heeled, educated - probably from old money. Real slippery type, doesn't give much away. As a result I still don't know exactly where this expedition is headed, or what it hopes to find. I suppose if I knew more about this Talbot bloke it might help...do you see where I'm going with this?
So what do you think? Can you find out more about Mr Talbot for me?
Just add it to my tab ;)
PS - how's the "black rock" research going? You're not losing your touch are you?