The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg disappears beneath the surface after charges were detonated seven miles off Key West, Fla. The 523-foot Air Force missile-tracking ship, which played a key role in the Cold War and tracked NASA spacecraft launches in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, was scuttled to create an artificial reef to attract divers and anglers. It sank in less than two minutes. www.vandenbergreef.com
Whenever there’s a collision on the water, one of the first questions a marine investigator will ask a vessel’s crew is, “Were you keeping a watch?”
“It’s one of the basic Rules of the Road,” says Jerry Dzugan, director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, a national fishermen’s safety organization. “Every boat is required to keep a watch. The Rules of the Road say you shall keep a watch. It doesn’t say you should. You are required to — by sight and by sound.”
Divers find evidence that the scallop dredge may have been hit by a ship, but some think otherwise
Investigators still were trying to piece together the puzzle of why the Lady Mary sank, but divers have found evidence suggesting the fishing vessel might have gone down in a collision with a ship, a scenario all too common on busy sea lanes.
A collision with a submerged object may have redamaged a repair in the keel area, sinking the 47-footer
The weather had not been kind to Paul and Helen Glavin as they cruised, and this night — April 1 — was no different. Fooled by a forecast of gentle northeasterlies, the retired British couple set off on a 120-mile night sail from the British Virgin Islands to St. Kitts on their 47-foot sailboat Helen Mary Gee.
Texas A&M says the keel fell off its racing boat Cynthia Woods because of design and construction flaws
A Texas A&M University report concludes that the keel failure of its 38-foot racing sailboat Cynthia Woods, which led to the death of a safety officer, was due to design and construction flaws with the boat.
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