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What Really Happened to the Truk Siren?

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“Fires can be a hotbed for rumor. When the Truk Siren ran onto the reef during Typhoon Maysak last year, it was destroyed by a fire that started later. Immediately, the rumor mill went into action, suggesting the vessel had been torched on the instruction of the owners in order to claim a total loss on the insurance. Vessel owners do not destroy their livelihoods intentionally, nor do they ever wish their passengers to come to harm. Neither are insurance companies’ beneficent uncles waiting to pay out on a whim. They employ investigators.

“It was only when I heard the boat’s owner discussing the difficulty he had with his insurers and with another boat owner that I decided to find out what really happened to the Truk Siren and put the record straight. This is what I was told . . .”

Read what John Bantin found out in his post “Burning Question,” the latest addition to our blog page, at

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