The ship was built in the
in 1976 and was owned by a company in the , 195 feet long and was 748
Gross tons. She had been christened Pergo until 1987, then Fival, until 1995
she was finally renamed Rema. Bahamas
With four crew on board, the ship seemed to be in distress in clear weather and calm seas, the RNLI lifeboats from Teesside,
Whitby and Scarborough
raced to the scene along with any ships in the area and two helicopters. Within
the hour the first helicopter arrived on scene but the ship was nowhere
visible. The two lifeboats arrived within a few hours more but by now dawn was
breaking and there was no sign of the Rema.
Over the next few hours a number of items were located including a zodiac rubber boat, several pieces of lifesaving equipment, rafts and other random wooden wreckage.
The Trinity House Vessel Patricia was on scene later that day and began a search for the wreck on the seabed, giving her last known position and the location of the wreckage it was just hours later that a large object was located and confirmed to be the missing ship.
An investigation was launched and it was found that the ship had been involved in several minor collisions with both a bridge and a jetty in the 13 months prior to her loss, but these had been repaired. She had also been detained twice during eight separate port inspections, five of these found deficiencies but only two warranted action to prevent the ship sailing until rectifications were carried out.
In their final report, the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch concluded that the Rema had sunk due to the slow flooding into the cargo hold but they could not conclude what had caused this to happen or how long it took.
The four crew of the Rema were never recovered and are now forever on board the wreck which still lies upright on the seabed, one of many thousands of wrecks of the
and one more
mystery to be added to the history books. Yorkshire