It’s been a big year of disasters for cargo ships, so we’ll forgive you if you have a short memory of the individual disasters that have hit global shipping in recent months.
If the name Felicity Ace jogs your memory, it’s probably because the horror of seeing a ship catch fire and sink for several days was amplified by its contents: the ship was carrying millions of dollars in automobiles.
And we learned a little recently exactly which vehicles settled on the bottom of the ocean. Top of the line found himself in possession of the Felicity Ace’s logbook and it turns out there was more on board than the widely reported fleet of new luxury models from the likes of Audi, Porsche and Lambhorgini.
According to Top Gear, which admits the logbook was hard to read, there were 561 Volkswagens on the ship, 189 Bentleys, 1,117 Porsches and 85 Lamborghinis…but there were also some seemingly random one-offs.
For example, the sunken ship contained a 2015 Ford Mustang, a 2014 Kia Soul, a 2018 Nissan Versa Note and 12 tractors.
Inexplicably, Felicity Ace was also carrying a 1990s Honda Prelude which would have been the 65th SiR model ever built. Top Gear also found a Facebook post attributed to the owner of the vehicle – a man called only ‘Gary’ – who claims he won’t receive insurance money for his drowned vehicle due to ‘complications’.
On a more positive note, the last 15 examples of the Lamborghini Aventador – which also sank with the ship – will be replaced, because Lambo reported in March that with “great effort” they worked to restart production of the discontinued vehicles and replace them for the owners who had ordered them.
Let’s just hope for a smoother trip this time.