Shipwrecked! – The MV Logos Today

In the early hours of January 5th 1988 the MV Logos ran aground off the southern tip of South America. By 4am it was clear that we had to abandon ship and leave behind everything except the clothes we stood up in. I wrote about that night in Chapter 5: “At the World’s End” in my second book Mysterious? …Expect the Unexpected More than 25 years on, this is what the ship looks like today…

We had heard that the funnel had been painted since in order to remain clearly seen as a warning for other ships.

We had heard that the funnel had been painted in recent years in order for the wreck to remain clearly seen as a warning for passing ships. The steel girders are what’s left of the bookshop roof that had once hosted thousands of visitors.

Sailing the Magellan Straights on the last voyage before that ill-fated morning.

Sailing the Magellan Straights on the last voyage before that ill-fated morning.

The rainbow promise: those of us who left behind all our plans and dreams that day, looked back at our stricken ship that had been abandoned and left to fill with water, were amazed to see God's message to us in this unexpected snapshot.

The rainbow promise: those of us who left behind all our plans and dreams that day along with our possessions, looked back at our stricken ship. Though it was left abandoned to fill with water, we were amazed to see the Creator God’s personal message to us in this uncannily applicable snapshot.

At the World's End

At the World’s End

I was the last one to leave the Dining Room. I had just enough time to look back at all the Bibles and cameras  left abandoned on every table.

What’s left of the Dining Room. I was the last one to leave the Dining Room. I had just enough time to look back at all the Bibles and cameras left abandoned on every table.

The Danish built Logos was originally named the Umanac after a well-known rock outcrop in Greenland. It's depicted in this lovely mural that was salvaged from the reception area on the Logos. This mural is now displayed at the Puerto Williams Naval Base not far from the wreck.

The Danish built Logos was originally named the Umanac after a well-known rock outcrop in Greenland. The Umanac mountain is depicted in this lovely wooden mural that had been salvaged from the reception area on board the Logos. This mural is now displayed at the Puerto Williams Naval Base not far from the wreck.

 

Originally registered in Singapore

Originally registered in Singapore, the ‘caged’ area above the rope deck was ‘the poop deck’ – the play area for the ship’s kindergarten.

18 comments on “Shipwrecked! – The MV Logos Today
  1. Kathy [USA] says:

    Thank you for writing this and for the picture memories. Happy New Year.

  2. Lawrie Whitmore [Australia] says:

    Hi Kathy, I remember my time on entering OM well. Meeting you and many others in Brisbane for the first time in 1984. My time on Logos can be read in my autobiography. I still hold my OM time as a valuable life experience.

  3. Olaf [Denmark] says:

    I was on LOGOS for a short time in 1982-83. I would like to hear from other crewmembers from LOGOS

    • kathy says:

      Hello Olaf! You can visit the main GBA Ships website and ask your question there through the “Contact Us” page, if you’d like https://www.gbaships.org/en/contact-us …I know our Ship’s alumni co-ordinators are happy to reconnect with ex-ship staff! Alternatively, there’s a Logos Group chats on Facebook. Just follow one of your friends (who were on the ship at the time) and go to their “groups”, then ask to join. Hope this helps!

    • John Clench [England} says:

      I was on logos 84 till 86 my name is John clench

  4. Donald Panton says:

    I still have two short boards of discarded decking from Logos. That stuff is heavy. I don’t know what kind of wood it is/ was but it might make a nice art project or something. Still in the process of scanning Logos slides.

    • kathy says:

      Hey Donald! How fun is that! It’s likely to be teak… at least the hand rails were teak. Have fun scanning slides. Be sure to put them on the FaceBook group chat for the Logos so everyone can see them!

  5. Jennifer (Australia) says:

    I have a postcard of the ‘Logos’ from, I think, the 1960’s – unused, fairly good condition, but showing its age. I have no idea where it came from – I was living in South-West Queensland (Australia) at the time. I’ve just found this page, so now know what happened to the ship. Kathy, do you want the postcard – would be happy to send it to you. Blessings, Jennifer.

    • kathy says:

      Dear Jennifer, Wow! How amazing is that! If only the card could speak of it’s journey! We’re coming to Australia soon, so perhaps I could collect it if you still live there! Xx

  6. Antony Hemans says:

    I was on board the Logos for two years, but not when this event happened. I was on board when another event happened. We were coming into Istanbul in the early morning with a pilot on board and tugs for assistance, when we sliced nearly in two one of the Bosporus ferries due to our ice breaking bow!

    • kathy says:

      Hey Antony! Nice to hear from you! Tell me more about yourself. Where are you from and what department were you in on board?

    • John (England) says:

      I was on Logos my name is John Clench

      Hello John! Wow – amazing who has served on board all those years ago. Which years were you on board and what job did you do??

  7. Dick [USA] says:

    Can you please email me the address of the website mentioned above. I’d like to see more Logos photos. I was on the Doulos, but the two ships met up once somewhere in Europe so I was on board. Does your site review the reason why the ship went aground? I always figured the Doulos would be the first to sink since everyone seemed perhaps a bit too laid back at times. Thanks.

    • kathy says:

      Hello Dick, the website is http://gbaships.org/en/ If you’d like the whole story about our personal experience on board during our shipwreck, I wrote about it in my second book Mysterious?…Expect the Unexpected. Just click on the tab “LookUpBooks” on the tool bar above, and then choose “Ordering”. You can order it through my website. Two more books that you can google and buy elsewhere online are “Logos Story” and “The Doulos Story” both written by Elaine Rhoton. We were sailing on the Doulos when the two ships came together in Toulon, France, so we may know each other! Yes – Doulos was two year younger than the Titanic and worked in active service until she was 98 years old. In fact, she made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest passenger ship still afloat! She out-served our third ship – the Logos II – by six months! We had to give her up in the end, because no ocean-going ship is allowed to run after they reach 100 years, and the cost to keep her through her last two drydocks was more than the “value for ministry” that she could do in her last two years. Hope you like my books!

    • John (England) says:

      I was on logos from 84 to 86. It was great but hair raising at times!

  8. Michael (U.S.A.) says:

    Hi, Kathy, tell Mark I said hello. I went looking for a picture of Logos aground and found your website. Seems you have had some trials in your life. I still remember when Logos was in Amsterdam and you had so much anxiety over Akila’s illness. Someone took your glasses off your face and cleaned them for you. Time passes, we get old….I have not heard from Elon in years. Congratulations on your two books. Very sorry about your son. I am glad I found your website. God bless you and your family. MCJ

    Hey Mike, lovely to hear from you! Wow – it’s been years! It’s incredible that you remember the glasses story after 25 years! It was just a small thing for someone to do in a crisis but it spoke volumes. It’s often the little things that count most. I’ll email personal notes separately but hope you find my site interesting. Check out the other things in photos and videos section – especially Laura’s video (I wrote about that in my first book) and my car accident (I wrote about that event in my second book). Luv K

  9. Igor (Russia) says:

    Could you rather tell the reason why that happened?

    • kathy knight says:

      It’s interesting, Igor, that we naturally want to know: Why? If you read my second book, Mysterious? …Expect the Unexpected… you’ll see there that life can be littered with unansweed questions. So I wonder if, in the storm of life, we’d be better to ask ‘what’ and ‘how’. What is the Creator God up to and how am I to respond? The answer to the first can be found in God’s Word and by the Power of His Holy Spirit speaking directly into the hearts of those who follow Him. The second follows on from the first as we gain advice from mature Believers in God’s family; measure this up against His Word; then ask His Holy Spirit how we should react in submission to His commanding authority (even when we can’t understand His decision making processes). The biggest ‘how’ is: How am I bringing pleasure and pride today to my Maker and Father: the One who made me in His own image. I hope this helps you in some way.

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