Chinese Cruise Ship Hit A Bridge


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Not quite the Titanic, but this oops probably means that someone's getting fired:

Captain Guo Lai, at the helm of the Pearl No 7 line in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, eastern China, also reportedly failed to take account of the fact that the £28 million ship - 518ft long and 98ft wide - was sitting higher on the water because there were no passengers or cargo on board.

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In May of 1980 Tampa Bay had a bridge tragedy after a ship hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It was a true horror and 35 lives were lost. I don't find bridge crashes neat at all.
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In Jan 1970 the USS Yancey (AKA-93) dragged her anchors and allided with the Chesappeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and knocked it out of alignment. Bridge was out of commission for several weeks. Don't know what happened to the ship's skipper but he should have been Courts Martialed. When at anchor regular bearings are supposed to be taken by the bridge watch to make sure she isn't dragging her anchors. I used to love driving the CBBT. Was great to be heading into a tunnel just as a ship was sailing over it.

(What a neat word allided is. I've got a lot of time at sea and never heard it before. That's a good thing in retrospect. Have always been interested in nautical terminology.)
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