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Built in 1958, this Panamanian cargo of around 100m, was hunted down by the Italian customs off the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia during the month of March, 1983.
So, what was the reason behind this hunt ?
Contraband cigarettes. In the heat of the situation, the crew (thus, the smugglers), set fire to the cargo and just abandoned it to its cruel fate. The Navy was commissioned to riddle it with munition, and thereafter, many shell holes could be observed in the superstructures, but the Niagara just refused to sink ....
The reason ?
principally, because the film director Joseph Losey was shooting his film ‘Boom’ in Corsica and Sardinia at that time.
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Common names: bird’s nest or bishop’s lace –
This is a flowering plant belonging to the Apiaceae family, extensive in Europe, and often considered a weed. An annual/biennial plant growing along the road, especially if the soil is calcareous, and can grow up to one metre in height. Composed of numerous small white and/or pink flowers, with a tiny purple and black flower in the middle; this central ‘rosette’ is sterile. Flowering from June to September, whereupon the stalks curl inwards – a natural defence protecting the ripening fruit.
Usage in cooking: the leaves and the root of the carrot can be eaten raw or cooked, under the condition of being picked when they are very young (during the first year, before the flower appears)...
The wreck lies at 65m on the bottom. The story goes, that the pilot landed the bomber surfing on a wave, with both motors cut. The propellers are not twisted in any way, and the canopies and gun mounts of the machine guns are still intact, even after seventy years of sinking !
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