Captain on the Toilet

The 28 meter long passenger ship MS King went aground on the island of Lauttasaari in Helsinki, Finland.   The MS King suffered no hull damage but was unable to free itself.   The 54 passengers on board were evacuated to a sister ship.   Later the same day the MS King was pulled free and towed to a berth at Salutorget.   Initial reports state the master of the MS King was not on the bridge at the time of the incident.  One report states the captain was trapped on the toliet and was unable to open the door.   Authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident.

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Paddlewheel Steamer Fire

The 83 meter long paddlewheel steamer Goethe suffered an engine room fire while off Oberwesel, Germany.   The fire started when an oil pressure hose broke loose in the engine room.  Damage to the engine room was slight, but there was heavy smoke.   On board were 174 passengers who had to disembark due to the smoke.    No one on board was injured.    The Goethe was built in 1913 and was the largest paddle wheel steamer until it’s steam engine was replaced with a diesel in 2008.  It is the only paddlewheel  steamer still in operation on the Rhine River.

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