After running aground on December 15, 1976 off Nantucket, Massachusetts, the oil tanker Argo Merchant broke up on December 21st. The result was one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history.

Argo Merchant
Photo: NOAA.

Bound for Boston out of Venezuela, the ship released nearly eight million gallons of fuel oil, creating an oil slick hundreds of square miles in extent. Winds blew most of the oil offshore, and relatively little reached the coast.

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