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From Wikipedia:

"The Amoco Cadiz was a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier), owned by Amoco, that split in two after running aground on Portsall Rocks, three miles (5 km) off the coast of Brittany (France), on March 16, 1978, resulting at that time in the largest oil spill ever, currently the fifth-largest in history (though this ranking may vary depending on criteria)".

Thirty one years later, there is now very little to see of the terrible effects of the "Black tide" of oil that polluted the beaches of Brittany, causing great damage to the ecology of the area, and great financial loss involved with the damage to tourism, and the cost of the clear up operation.

The 20.5 tonne anchor of the vessel now lies on the harbourside of Portsall as a permanent reminder of this terrible event.

The building in the background is the lifeboat station with its slip.

You can just about see the anchor in the Google earth view, and the wreck site is also marked there.

Taken as JPEG: PP in FastStone and PhotoShop 7.

In the WS, a close up of the inscription on the plaque

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