The deck of Ocean Mammoth stretched nearly a fifth of a mile from bridge to bows; it rose above the water-line tothe height of a ten story building. Yet in a time of falling freight rates and dwindling cargoes it had no useful part to play?it had to die. But the death of a supertanker is not easily contrived if it must appear to have been an accident. The conspiracy to take Ocean Mammoth to her doom involved meticulous planning and ruthless execution. The question of responsibility remained unanswered until the final stages of the Court of Inquiry, when the truth emerges in a moment of sudden drama.