I remember some years back this happened- in the same place. What I remember is something about how the freighters have absolute right-of-way and if they crush your docked boat, that's your tough luck.
Does anyone know if that's the case?
Is that the river that used to burst into flames periodically?
Obsolete and proud of it
I don't know that I'd call it "periodically" but the Cuyahoga has ignited in the past. Randy Newman immortalized it in his song, "Burn On, Big River".
That particular spot is tragedy central. More than a few boats have been crushed there. There are bars lining both sides (there used to me quite a few) and on more than one occasion people have tried to swim it. Usually drunk and at night. It's further than they thought. A ways back a guy had his family and some friends on a cruiser tied up at almost exactly that same spot. He fired up without running his bilge blower and the boat exploded. Everyone was killed except for a very small child that was blown clear and fished out by bystanders.
Freighter on Cuyahoga River hits, sinks boat, damages a second
6/2 - Cleveland - One boat sank and another was damaged Sunday evening behind a Flats nightclub when a freighter moving up the Cuyahoga River hit the two docked boats.
The freighter Cuyahoga hit the boats, which were docked behind Shooters on the Water, about 5:15 p.m. The boat that sank had two large gas tanks and was leaking oil, said Petty Officer Matthew Schofield.
The Coast Guard's Unified command, including the state's Department of Natural Resources, was deciding how to clean up the spill Sunday night.
The area around the submerged boat was cordoned off to keep any oil from spreading. A dive team was checking to see if they could stop the leak, Schofield said.
The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate why the Cuyahoga, a 605-foot freighter carrying a full load of gravel, hit the boats and what amount of damage it caused, said Lt. Col. Linda Sturgis.
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