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Old 06-03-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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Cruise Ship Smashes Dock in Ketchikan

The Celebrity Infinity smashed into City Float cruise ship dock here in Ketchikan today. We were almost too close. See m/v WILD BLUE Cruising Blog for photos and our take on it.

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Old 06-03-2016, 09:33 PM   #2
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Comforting to know that experts can mess up too.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:54 PM   #3
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My son, who lives in Ketchikan told me about it, and said that they have hadf a gale warning all day.

He said the wind was really whipping around today. Could be a factor.
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In the video that was linked to in the blog it looked like the ship was blown sideways into the dock. Hard to stop that from happening.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:26 AM   #5
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Yikes, my boat is right behind that pier, more or less across from Safari Quest that subsequently broke free. But our boat appears fine.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:29 AM   #7
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Wow, didn't realize the vid was from a boat that close! Eyeballs are everywhere
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My son, who lives in Ketchikan told me about it, and said that they have hadf a gale warning all day.

He said the wind was really whipping around today. Could be a factor.
About 40 seconds into the video, you can see the flag on the bow is straight out with the wind on the beam.
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:31 PM   #10
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Stupid bow thruster keeps tripping the breaker!

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Old 06-04-2016, 05:17 PM   #11
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You would assume they have bow and stern thrusters.
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Old 06-04-2016, 05:45 PM   #12
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You would assume they have bow and stern thrusters.
Looked like to me they were using them.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:25 PM   #13
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Yeah... Hydraulic thrusters were on full. Wind on the beam they needed a tug. I'm guessing the Capn was told by corporate "get her to the dock" regardless of lack of tug.
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Comforting to know that experts can mess up too.
That was exactly my same thought too. I feel much better now about my horrible landing in Northport last summer in brutal high winds.
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At least when we screw up, we don't take out the entire dock!
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No worries....It will "Buff" out.....
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At least when we screw up, we don't take out the entire dock!
Well, at least not yet.
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Usually the dock will take out your boat.
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About 90 seconds before the crash the lady says " Why are those people running?" Experience!
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Old 06-05-2016, 10:39 AM   #20
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Looks familiar. Some things are simply out of one's control. Yesterday afternoon I was arriving at our summer slip and decided to call the new harbor master to give him specific instruction before making the approach to the slip. "You're going to get the spring line first....put the loop over the center cleat on the dock". "You got it, Captain" was the response. The line length was set to place the boat in exactly the correct location at our regular dock. I have the precise sight picture burned in memory. I make the approach with a wind blowing the boat away from the dock, but with the sure knowledge that I could use the spring line and a little power and rudder to bring the stern against the dock (the stern is always the first to go). I've done this many times before. I toss the spring line from the fly bridge, the new harbor master catches it and ducks down (out of my line of sight) to put it on the cleat. But instead of attaching it at the eye as he was told, he fastens it at about half length. "Spring line attached" he declares....WHAM...the boat lurches sideways at the bow...about ten feet sooner than expected and an instant before I'm going to check forward motion. The shortened spring line snatched the bow sharply against a wooden dock upright....which is now well below the rub rail because the Great Lakes are very high this year. End result is a two foot scrape in the gel coat at the bow just below the rub rail. When the boat is finally tied down, the stern is sticking ten feet out of the slip. I get off the boat and immediately see what had caused the sudden stoppage. The harbor master stupidly asks if I'd like some help pulling the boat forward in the slip. I suggest he take a look at the gel coat at the bow and explain why the boat is sticking out of the slip. I almost wring the little dick skinners neck. He apologizes for the mistake and offers to help with the repair.

Some things are out of one's control...and at that moment it's my temper. Through clenched teeth I tell him we'd discuss it later. Looks like damage is cosmetic, but even that could get pricey. Wonder if the marina will take care of it.....yeah, right...
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