For nearly two weeks in 1970 Devon held its breath in fear of disaster on its doorstep, after horrified locals woke to see the hulking burnt out wreck of the Pacific Glory, containing thousands of barrels of crude oil, had been towed from the Solent and moored in Lyme Bay.
Now an author and historian is retelling the story and says it is a 'forgotten scandal'.
"I would like to speak to anybody who took part in the salvage operation or from the crews involved in taking food and water out to the dead tanker while they were trying to pump water out to make sure it was seaworthy."
"People in Teignmouth and Dawlish and Babbacombe and Torquay wanted it gone. Everybody just wanted them to get it out of there.