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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:22

Freighter Mesabi Miner collides with cutter Hollyhock

(PORT HURON) -- The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock is now docked in St. Ignace as crews determine how to repair its damaged stern, fantail and hull. The 1,000-foot freighter Mesabi Miner hit the Hollyhock Sunday morning just west of the Straits of Mackinac in northern Lake Michigan. The freighter was the lead vessel in a convoy of six that were following the Hollyhock through the ice when the collision occurred. The bow of the Mesabi Miner had a 12-inch crack about 4-feet above the water line. The cutter had two punctures in the hull about 20-feet above the waterline and significant damage to the stern and fantail, which is the elevated deck at the rear of the ship. No flooding or injuries were reported on the vessels and there was no pollution as a result of the collision. The freighter was carrying iron ore and was escorted to Gary, Indiana. The 225-foot Hollyhock launched back in 2003 and its homeport is in Port Huron at Pine Grove Park.

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard