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Federal Margaree

Federal Margaree

On July 26, the 185 meter long, 27,786 dwt bulk carrier Federal Margaree caught fire while berthed on the Detroit River at Nicholson’s Dock in Detroit, Michigan. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly extinguished by the crew.  The vessel was inspected for damage and was able to depart the following day under its own power.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.

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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