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    Mystery shipwreck in New Orleans

    I read an interesting story a good time back. the story of a cargo ship burning and capsizing in the Mississippi river in 60's, possibly early 70's. I believe the army corp. of engineers dredged a trench and rolled the ship into it. there she lays to this day. does this story ring any bells ? I can't seem to get anything on web. any information would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Interesting story... I would love to hear more if anyone knows further details, and particularly if anyone has any pictures....
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      #3
      It is very little information what we have here: No ship's name, no location, no specified time, no information about the cargo...
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        #4
        Location was just below the Greater New Orleans Twin Bridges near the "River Walk". I want to say it was foreign flag. and I remember reading an article in a local paper a few years back about concerns of oil seeping from hulk and making a sheen in river. sorry , this is all I could muster, but I'll keep looking.

        regards, Glen D

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          #5
          Big Thanks to "Smuggler" on Ship Nostalgia.It was the Union Faith.. details are here http://www.iosc.org/papers/01863.pdf

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            #6
            Excellent... that PDF report was also interesting reading!
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              #7
              Link to bigger picture:

              http://www.tandtmarine.com/images/union_faith2.jpg

              Short report: Source: http://www.waterwaysjournal.net/news080309.htm

              It was Easter weekend, in 1969, when Crescent River pilot Kenneth H. Scarborough boarded the mv. Union Faith, not knowing it would be his last voyage.
              As the ship approached the bridge in New Orleans, a tow cut across his bow. Unable to stop, the Union Faith sliced a barge in half, dumping its load of No. 6 oil into the Mississippi River and instantly bursting into a huge fireball.
              As the Union Faith drifted downriver, Capt. Scarborough was last seen racing through the flames toward the bow, where he was able to release both anchors. His heroic actions cost him his life, but probably saved much of the New Orleans waterfront from a devastating fire.
              The anchors held the ship in midstream until it listed and finally sank, where it still lies to this day. An additional 25 crewmen died in the fire.
              Recognizing his actions, the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans named its new patrol boat the Capt. Kenneth H. Scarborough at its monthly meeting on July 16. Christening ceremonies were held following the meeting.…
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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