Author: Bill Bleyer

Rust causes 83-year-old dredge to flood, sink in Erie Canal

A rusted-out through-hull fitting caused a dredge to sink in the Erie Canal in June, according to its owner, the New York State Canal Corp. The 10-inch hydraulic cutter-head dredge named HD1 was built in 1926. The steel-hulled dredge, one…

Barge strikes ledge after tug cuts turn

An oil barge struck bottom and was holed in Long Island Sound because the mate steering the tug pushing it cut a turn too close to a reef marked by a lighthouse, the U.S. Coast Guard said. There was no…

Analog EPIRBs no longer being monitored

After a nine-year transition period, analog-style Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are no longer being monitored by search and rescue agencies.Since Feb. 1, the U.S. Coast Guard and other search-and-rescue personnel have been receiving distress alerts broadcast using digital…

Texas Maritime head takes over the helm at Kings Point

Rear Adm. Allen B. Worley becomes the 10th superintendent of Kings Point. One of his first tasks will be to address the school's financial practices, which have come under criticism. (Courtesy U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) A Navy rear admiral with…

Tug-barge hits boat anchored in channel

The Coast Guard is nearing the end of its probe into a fatal barge-recreational craft collision in western Long Island Sound in June, and the chief investigator says the agency is unlikely to take any action against the pleasure boater…

This captain is willing to mow the owner's lawn

Gene Pelland said fellow skippers warned him not to accept a job as captain of musician Billy Joel's fleet of pleasure craft. The Rhode Island native pointed out that professional yacht captains live by a simple credo: "Don't mow the…