Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Sonar images reveal ship that sank in 1985 likely source of small oil slicks

A multi-beam sonar image provided by the Canadian Hydrographic Service shows the hull of the Manolis L paper carrier. No fuel is visible in this image. The Canadian Coast Guard used this technology to pinpoint the location of the sunken vessel to deploy a Remote Operated Vehicle that confirmed a small fuel leak from the vessel’s hull.


The Canadian Coast Guard says it's likely that a sunken ship is the source of small oil slicks that have been spotted near a group of islands off northeastern Newfoundland.

Coast guard spokesman Robert Grant says sonar images and photos taken by a remotely operated submersible vehicle confirm oil is coming from the cracked hull of the Manolis L.

The Liberian-flagged ship sank in Notre Dame Bay on Jan 17, 1985.

Story continues below advertisement

Sonar images show the overturned hull on the bottom of the bay, not far from a small island known as Blow Hard Rock.

Grant says photos taken by the submersible show oil slowly leaking from two cracks in the ship's hull.

He says the coast guard and other federal agencies are determining if the hull can be patched.

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at