Hansa Carrier


The Hansa Carrier is a container ship. In 1990, en route from Korea to the United States, the ship encountered a storm which caused the loss of several 40-foot cargo containers south of the Alaska Peninsula. Five of these cargo containers contained 61,000 Nike shoes, all of which carried a unique serial number which later made it possible to clearly identify them as part of the spilled cargo.

The ‘Great Shoe Spill of 1990’ was one of the several occasions when shipping accidents have contributed to the knowledge of ocean currents and aided scientists and amateur researchers in their endeavours. After hearing of the accident, oceanic scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer seized the opportunity: He established links with beachcombers and formed a network of people reporting the landfall of the contents of this and other spills.

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