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Month: March 2013

James R Barker

James R Barker

The 305 meter long self-unloader bulk freighter James R Barker became stuck in ice in the St. Marys River near Neebish Island, Michigan.  The vessel was heading south from Sault Ste. Marie when it became stuck in ice.  The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arrived on scene and was able to break up ice along the freighter’s starboard side.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

 

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Frisia VII

Frisia VII

Frisia VII
Photo: oz-online.de

The 53 meter long ferry Frisia VII went aground off Juist, Germany.   The ferry became stuck in the navigation channel due to an extremely low tide.   The ferry blocked the entrance to the port until the next day when another vessel was able to pull the Frisia VII free.  The Frisia VII was towed into Juist.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

 

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Katmai

Katmai

Katmai 1
Photo: USCG

The new fishing vessel Katmai departed Mobile, Alabama on Febuary 18, 1972.  The Katmai was brand new from the Bender Ship Building yard and was heading for a long trip to its new home port at Anchorage, Alaska.  On board was Captain Joos and a deckhand along with the Captain’s wife and eight-year old child.   After it left port, the vessel was never sighted again.   When it failed to arrive at the Panama Canal, it was presumed the vessel had sunk somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forty years later, the research vessel Falkor discovered an unknown sonar contact. The vessel sent down its ROV to investigate and found the sunken Katmai in 8,920 feet of water some 200 miles off the shore of Alabama.  A short investigation failed to provide any clues to why the vessel sank with all hands.

 

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