The MV Cougar Ace and Other Large-scale Car Disasters

The Cougar Ace listing to port on Aug. 14, 2006 — over three weeks after the incident. Kevin Bell/US Fish & Wildlife Service/public domain

The Cougar Ace sailed out of Hiroshima in July 2006 with a cargo of 4,703 brand-new Mazdas, all 2007 model-year vehicles, plus 109 small commercial trucks strapped to its 14 decks. On July 23, things went wrong in a hurry. Listen in to learn more about the Cougar Ace and other large-scale car disasters.