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Vessel Sinkings and Collisions Archives

Ferry HYAK and Sailboat Collide in San Juans - Sailboat Sinks

On September 13, around 1:00 p.m., 382-foot Washington State Ferry MV HYAK collided with a 27-foot sailboat in the Harney Channel between Orcas and Shaw Islands. Harney Channel is about a half-mile wide with depths between 80 and 190 feet. Apparently, for whatever reason, neither vessel captain knew to get out of the way until it was too late. The weather was overcast, but not foggy. The sea was calm.

F/V CHARLIE + CAROL Sinks Off Ilwaco, Washington

On July 14, just before midnight, the lone operator of F/V CHARLIE + CAROL contacted the Coast Guard, telling them that his on-board pump was not keeping up with flooding after his vessel hit something unseen. He is said to have estimated over 400 gallons of water aboard his vessel at that time.

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH Breaks Loose from Shipyard Docks in Heavy Winds

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH continues to have more than her share of woes. You may recall how, back on February 10, as CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was sailing about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, an engine room fire took out her electrical power. Fortunately, the fire itself was put out fairly quickly, but CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was first adrift and then under tow for days before being towed to Mobile, Alabama, all the while with 3,800 passengers and crew on board. During that time, the emergency power generator proved inadequate to the needs of all those people, resulting in significant hygiene and general health issues.

M/V HARITA BAUXITE Sinks Off Northwest Coast of Luzon, Philippines

Panamanian-flagged, 630-foot HARITA BAUXITE sunk on February 17, about twelve miles off of the Bolinao Coast, which is located on the South China Sea side of the main Philippine island, Luzon. While HARITA BAUXITE was en route from Obi, Indonesia, to Ningbo, China, the engine failed. Right now, it's believed that rolling powerless in heavy seas caused her cargo of coal or ore to shift, resulting in HARITA BAUXITE capsizing and sinking in approximately 6,000 feet of water. An oil sheen has been noted in the area, the seas have been too rough, because of a tropical storm, to do anything to contain it.

F/V FOXY LADY II Wreck Located Off Massachusetts Coast

Back on December 17, 2012, 45-foot, Gloucester-based scalloping vessel FOXY LADY II and her two-man crew were reported overdue from fishing off the coast of Massachusetts. FOXY LADY II was not located, and the Coast Guard sea and air search at that time eventually had to be suspended.

Ferry SEASTREAK WALL STREET Allides with Manhattan Pier

At 8:43, at the end of her second trip of the morning on January 9, passenger ferry SEASTREAK WALL STREET allided with Pier 11 at a speculated 10 - 12 knots, causing passengers and crew alike to be thrown up to ten feet forward and to the floor or down stairs. According to reports, 74 people of the 326 people aboard were injured; some were treated at the scene, but 57 people, including those with head injuries, were taken by emergency personnel to the hospital. One person was reported in critical condition and another nine people were reported in serious condition.

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