1973 - 08/05 - August 5th - DONA MARIKA (Monrovia) - IMO5360340 - Tanker - 11693GRT/17800DWT - 168.3 x 21.4 - 1954 Kaldnes M/V, Tonsberg, No.136 as THORSORN (NOR) - 1965 PHINIX, 1968 DONA MARIKA - torn from its anchorage in Milford Haven by a strong south-easterly gale and ended up on the jagged reefs of the bay. Its cargo of petroleum was highly inflammable and potentially explosive vapour was leaking from ruptured tanks, the smell spreading over a wide area. The ship was a virtual time bomb and one spark as it crashed on the rocks could have caused a disastrous blast which would have killed or injured the crew and rescuers. Residents of the village were evacuated to safety and the master and crew brought ashore up the cliffs at dawn. Then began the tricky task of pumping out the volatile cargo, which was carried out successfully until the emergency was over and the empty ship was towed away to Alicante, where it was broken up in December 1973.