Author: Peter Marsh

Tokitae

The christening of Tokitae at the Vigor Fab shipyard in Seattle last spring was a milestone for Washington State Ferries (WSF), culminating a decade of work with the first of a new Olympic class of ships.

Bulk ship grounds in Columbia River after steering fails

A 648-foot bulk carrier lost steering and ran aground in the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash. The Hong Kong-flagged Pacific Flores had just departed Kalama with a partial load of steel coil. The ship was heading upriver for the anchorage…

NTSB: Leaking hydraulic fluid likely led to 2008 riverboat blaze

The 2008 fire aboard the sternwheeler Queen of the West on the Columbia River in Oregon was probably caused by hydraulic fluid leaking onto hot exhaust piping, federal investigators said.As a result of the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board…

Paddle-wheeler runs aground in fog

A paddle-wheel excursion boat with 20 passengers ran aground in a California lake after a freak fog reduced visibility to almost zero. An official who manages Big Bear Lake said Miss Liberty should not have sailed in such conditions. The…

Tug sinks 3 days after surviving a close call

Three men were rescued from the Pacific Ocean after their 45-foot tugboat sank off the coast of Oregon. Just three days earlier, the Coast Guard had provided an escort to the vessel, which was taking on water. Coast Guard Station…

Bar pilots' helicopter rescues crewman who fell overboard

The Columbia River Bar Pilots' helicopter crew hoisted a man to safety after he fell overboard from a containership shortly after it crossed the Columbia River Bar on Nov. 28.The crewman was retrieving the pilot ladder on the 852-foot Qingdao…

Charter captain pleads guilty to manslaughter

The charter fishing boat captain whose boat sank while attempting to cross the Umpqua River Bar in Oregon on Sept. 19, 2005, has pleaded guilty to three counts of seaman's manslaughter. In return for pleading guilty, the charter boat captain…

Salvors rescue ship drifting off coast of Washington

Three American tugs and a Canadian salvage crew airlifted by helicopter onto the deck of a drifting supertanker kept the ship from running aground on the Washington coast. Atigun Pass, in Portland, Ore., where it had been laid up with…

Strobe light of pilot who died was set to ‘off'

The strobe light carried by the Columbia River Bar pilot lost overboard in January did not activate when immersed because the switch was in the off position, the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots said in its accident report. The report,…