15 episodes

A North Korean dictator, bags of heroin, drug lords, spooks, sailors, Australian cops and a web of lies: Come aboard The Last Voyage of The Pong Su.

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    • 4.7, 1.3K Ratings

A North Korean dictator, bags of heroin, drug lords, spooks, sailors, Australian cops and a web of lies: Come aboard The Last Voyage of The Pong Su.

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    Pong Su extra: Taking the helm of the Pong Su

    Pong Su extra: Taking the helm of the Pong Su

    Nicholas Martin had a very important role in the Pong Su story, but it’s one he’s never talked publicly about until now. 

    Nicholas was a navy clearance diver who boarded the Pong Su with the SAS troops. After clearing the ship for improvised explosive devices, Nicholas took command of the bridge and working with one of the captured North Koreans steered the Pong Su back to Sydney Harbour.

    In this interview you’ll also hear about what it’s like to skipper a navy patrol boat in Australia’s northern water at the age of 20, and what it takes to be a clearance diver. 

    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays.

    If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend.

    Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )
    Executive Producer - Rachael Dexter
    Narrative Consultant - Kate Cole-Adams
    Consulting Producer - Siobhan McHugh
    Music & Composition - Vicki Hansen
    Sound design & mixing - John Greenfield
    Script translations - Yan Zhuang
    Production assistance - Margaret Gordon
    Head of Audio - Tom McKendrick

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    • 39 min
    Pong Su extra: Mission planning with the SAS

    Pong Su extra: Mission planning with the SAS

    In episode 5 of 'The Last Voyage of the Pong Su', we hear from Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis - two men who were part of the Special Air Service Regiment tasked with a dramatic capture of the Pong Su.

    In this extended interview you’ll hear about what happened before, during and after the day of this dramatic operation - as well  as their memories of the infamous Tampa affair of 2001 and conflict overseas.

    Check out Ben and Tim's own podcast 'The Unforgiving60'.

    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays.

    If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend.

    Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )
    Executive Producer - Rachael Dexter
    Narrative Consultant - Kate Cole-Adams
    Consulting Producer - Siobhan McHugh
    Music & Composition - Vicki Hansen
    Sound design & mixing - John Greenfield
    Script translations - Yan Zhuang
    Production assistance - Margaret Gordon
    Head of Audio - Tom McKendrick

    Support the show.

    • 38 min
    Reckoning

    Reckoning

    Episode 10. After 16 years, the truth finally emerges about the tight bond between three of the key players in the heroin import and their ties to North Korea.

    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is  a 10-part series brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. 

    If you enjoyed this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend.

    To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites.

    Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )
    Executive Producer - Rachael Dexter
    Narrative Consultant - Kate Cole-Adams
    Consulting Producer - Siobhan McHugh
    Music & Composition - Vicki Hansen
    Sound design & mixing - John Greenfield
    Script translations - Yan Zhuang
    Assistant Producer - Margaret Gordon
    Head of Audio - Tom McKendrick

    Actors:
    Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy Song
    Kiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony Ting
    Yau Kim Lam is played by Jason Chong
    Casting - Catapult Casting

    Additional audio from: CNN

    The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton - read by Jason Chong.

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    • 43 min
    The most free they’d ever be

    The most free they’d ever be

    Episode 9. Nerves are frayed on all sides as a marathon courtroom case concludes. The Australian government plans for a spectacular end to the Pong Su.

    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays.

    If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend.

    To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites.

    Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )
    Executive Producer - Rachael Dexter
    Narrative Consultant - Kate Cole-Adams
    Consulting Producer - Siobhan McHugh
    Music & Composition - Vicki Hansen
    Sound design & mixing - John Greenfield
    Script translations - Yan Zhuang
    Assistant Producer - Margaret Gordon
    Head of Audio - Tom McKendrick

    Actors:
    Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy Song
    Kiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony Ting
    Yau Kim Lam is played by Jason Chong
    Casting - Catapult Casting

    Additional audio from: Channel Nine and the AFL.

    The reading you heard at the start of this episode was from Law of the Jungle by Rudyard Kipling - read by Jason Chong. 

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    • 32 min
    The defector's choice

    The defector's choice

    Episode 8. Australian prosecutors travel to Seoul to meet North Korean defectors as they try to understand the power structure on board the Pong Su. While laboratory results tell police there is something different about the Pong Su’s heroin.

    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays.

    If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend.

    To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites.

    Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )
    Executive Producer - Rachael Dexter
    Narrative Consultant - Kate Cole-Adams
    Consulting Producer - Siobhan McHugh
    Music & Composition - Vicki Hansen
    Sound design & mixing - John Greenfield
    Script translations - Yan Zhuang
    Assistant Producer - Margaret Gordon
    Head of Audio - Tom McKendrick

    Actors:
    Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy Song
    Kiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony Ting
    Yau Kim Lam is played by Jason Chong
    Casting - Catapult Casting

    Additional audio from: Associated Press, ABC news America and Richard Rogers.

    The poem you heard at the start of this episode is called I go down to the shore by Mary Oliver - read by Jason Chong.

    Support the show.

    • 31 min

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