Ship Stuck in Duluth Harbor Removed After Floating Free

June 18, 2018 01:11 PM

The 990-foot American Spirit, stuck in the Duluth Harbor Sunday afternoon, was removed around 10 p.m. Sunday, TV station WDIO reports.

The Coast Guard said it floated free from the bottom due to a water level rise in the harbor.


It proceeded under its own power, with tug assistance, to the Husky Fuel dock. The guard said an examination of the interior and exterior of the ship's hull was taking place overnight.

The safety zone established around the ship is no longer in effect.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth was searching for signs of pollution in the area to identify any threats to the environment.

The motor vessel was attempting to turn out of the Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite when it ran aground at approximately 3:30 pm Sunday.

"As the ship came around the buoy, it seemed to make kind of a wide turn, and didn't seem to straighten itself out, and I said, 'I don't think it's going to make it.' " said Roger Jones, a Duluth tourist who witnessed the incident.

"It was coming in at a good speed, and then just anchors dropped, anchors were dragged in the water, and even after the anchors dropped, I would say it was a good 60 to 90 seconds before it even stopped," added another tourist, Rosemary Martinez.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.



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