Tag Archives: Detroit River

Federal Rideau Aground

Federal Rideau
Photo: USCG

The 656 foot long, 36563 dwt bulk carrier Federal Rideau ran aground in Lake St. Clair near the entrance to the Detroi River.  The Federal Rideau was downbound heading to Montreal with 22672 tons of wheat when it suffered a steering failure and ran onto a mud bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Initial attempts to refloat the bulk carrier with two tugs failed.  Another attempt with a total of five tugs was to be attempted on the following day.  Authorities reported that Federal Rideau is partially blocking the channel, but traffic was still open.


The 216 foot long, 959 dwt passenger ship Yorktown went aground on the Detroit River between Wyandotte, Michigan and Fighting Island, Ontario.   The Yorktown departed Detroit with 120 passengers bound for Cleveland, Montreal and Quebec City.  There was no damage and the passengers were allowed to remain on board.   A tugboat was requested to help refloat the vessel.    The Coast Guard dispatched investigators to the scene to conduct a survey of the vessel.   Reports state the area where the Yorktown grounded was known to be quite shallow.


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Engines Should Not Smoke

The 86-foot long passenger ship Diamond Belle became disabled while sailing on the Detroit River with 143 passengers and 6 crewmen.   Smoke was detected in the engine room forcing the crew to shutdown the main diesel engine.   The vessel had enough momentum to reach a private dock at East China, Michigan.   The Diamond Belle droped its anchor and swung around and was able to moor itself.    No reports of injuries or pollution being released.  The Coast Guard working with the vessel owner, Diamond Jack’s River Tours, are investigating the incident.

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