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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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Aground for Christmas

A view of a tugboats assisting a 579-foot McKee Sons freighter stuck in the Trenton Channel next to Grosse Ile, Mich., Sunday Dec. 26, 2010.

The 579-foot (self unloading barge) McKee Sons went aground on the Detroit River near Grosse Ile, Michigan on December 24, 2010. The vessel was completing a trip from Cleveland to the DTE Energy power station with a cargo of 11,900 tons of coal when it went hard aground. The McKee Sons stayed aground December 25 with efforts to free her the next day. With the help of 7 tugs, the vessel was freed and continued to the dock. Reports state no pollution or structural damage to the vessel.

Information on the McKee Sons

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