The Crew of the Sara Jo


Photo Credit: Wikia

In 1979, five men on a small whaling boat set out from Hawaii. A storm hit and they never returned to shore. Not so odd, perhaps, and even though a search was performed of several neighboring islands, no remains were discovered.

At least, not until 1989, when their boat was found on the shores of one of the smallest of the Marshall Islands.

There was a shallow grave that contained the bones of one of the fishermen, but no other clues or signs of life. What was most odd is that oceanographers estimate that it would only have taken the boat about 3 months to drift onto the island, which means the boat, grave, or remaining crew should have been there when a government survey of the island took place in 1983.

But they weren’t. So where was the Sara Jo and her crew for the 4 years between the disappearance and survey of the land? What happened to them afterward?

We may never know.