Our old friend the Sanko Mineral (Star Minerva) left Tor Bay late yesterday evening and is currently en route to the German port of Bremen. She now sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands.
So ends an eleven month saga which saw the vessel virtually permanently moored off Maidencombe in various positions - Babbacombe Bay, Tor Bay and Lyme Bay, making a few journeys to Falmouth for bunkering and under 'impulse power' around Lyme Bay in heavy weather.
It all came about when the Sanko Steamship Company - one of Japan's oldest shipping companies - became embroiled in financial difficulties and was forced to file for bankruptcy, leaving a number of its vessels 'stranded' around the world as creditors sought payment for unpaid charters.
The Sanko Mineral had other difficulties, however, and was allegedly involved in the ramming and sinking of a barge in US waters and managed to escape internship by the US authorities.
What an adventure, I'll miss her. Bon voyage, Sanko ...