Episode Twenty-Nine: The Crew of the Sarah Joe
In February 1979, Peter Hanchett, Benjamin Kalama, Ralph Malaiakini, Scott Moorman and Patrick Woesner set sail for a pleasant fishing trip off a seventeen-foot Boston whaler called the Sarah Joe. They had a good day at start, but the wind picked up and a storm came in. Peter's father, John Hanchett, grew concerned and went out to look for them, later joined by the Coast Guard by the third day. No trace of the Sarah Joe or the five-men could be found.
Ten years later, marine biologist John Naughton was on a wildlife expedition to a deserted atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he discovered a small boat he could tell was registered in Hawaii and several feet from that, a shallow grave with a human jawbone protruding from a pile of rocks. The boat was identified as the Sarah Joe and dental records proved the jawbone was part of the remains of Scott Moorman.
So what really happened to the Sarah Joe and the 5 friends who went out in her that fateful day?
Some of our research