Story: Shipwrecks

Rainbow Warrior sunk at dock

On the evening of 10 July 1985, the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior was blown up by limpet mines while berthed in Auckland Harbour. This was the scene soon after the explosion. The mines turned out to have been planted by French secret agents. In a recording made on the sixth anniversary of the sinking and shortly after the agent Alain Mafart had been honoured by the French government, the former first mate of the Rainbow Warrior reflects on the events.

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New Zealand Herald

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Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Interview with members of the crew of the Rainbow Warrior/Reference number MR910710).

How to cite this page:

Gerard Hutching. 'Shipwrecks - The Rainbow Warrior and Mikhail Lermontov', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 10-Jul-15