Container Ship Trapped by Ice in Lake Michigan
very cool 37 second video on ship frozen in ice in Lake Michigan
video courtesy of The Weather Channel
Posted: Jan 26 2016 04:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26 2016 05:07 PM EST
Ben Mainar took this incredible footage from his drone of a container ship stuck in frozen Lake Michigan.
SS El Faro
from Marine Link webzine:
“The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data.
The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the ship owner’s assertion that the vessel’s captain had chosen a “sound plan” to pass around Joaquin “with a margin of comfort” but was then thwarted by engineering problems. It shows that even before the ship lost power it was in stormy waters that many mariners interviewed said they would never have entered.
After reviewing the data, Klaus Luhta, a former ship’s officer and chief of staff at the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, went silent for a moment as he contemplated what has been called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years.
“I don’t know what he was thinking – I can’t even speculate,” said Luhta in a telephone interview. “He headed right into the track.”
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Ship seized by US government–converted into a troop carrier
(although it happened in 1917)
Kron Prinz Wilhelm, German ship, interned in U.S. in tow on September 1916.
The former passenger liner, pressed into service as a commerce raider by the Imperial German Navy at the start of World War I, being towed from the Norfolk yards to Philadelphia. During its eight months on the high seas — after leaving New York Harbor with 2,000 tons of coal — the converted 15,000-ton cruiser sank more than a dozen Allied ships and took hundreds of prisoners.
Running low on supplies, its crew and prisoners beset by a variety of illnesses, the battered vessel sought refuge in April 1915 at Newport News, where its sailors were interned for over a year. After the United States entered the war, the ship was seized by the government, rechristened the USS Von Steuben and converted into a troop carrier. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. |
photo and caption courtesy of http://www.shorpy.com/node/4928