What, indeed, is nearly as rare as hen’s teeth? Answer: A major newspaper’s correction to an erroneous story.
It happened earlier this month in the Washington Post. On September 8 last year, the Post carried a story about a little-known Ukrainian port, Oktyabrsk. It strongly implied that the Ocean Fortune, “a 384-foot-long workhorse of the global arms trade,” was loading Russian armaments to be transported to Hafez el Assad’s regime in Syria.
The story said the ship steamed south, “slipped “ through the Bosporus Strait and turned toward the Mediterranean, “Then it disappeared.… Not a trace of the ship was seen for two months.” The article indicated the ship’s automated transponder was turned off.