Old Carissa

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    On February 4, 1999, the New Carissa was bound for the Port of Coos Bay, Oregon to pick up a load of wood chips. The ship's crew was informed by the local bar pilots that weather conditions would prevent the ship (which was empty at the time) from entering Coos Bay harbor until the next morning. The captain ordered the ship to drop anchor 1.7 nautical miles (3.1 km) off the coast in order to ride out the storm. The crew used a single anchor to secure the ship, and according to a United States Coast Guard review of the incident, used a chain that was too short. The short chain and the weather conditions, including winds of 20–25 knots (37–46 km/h), caused the ship to drag its anchor. Poor navigational techniques and inadequate watchkeeping led to the crew's failure to notice that the ship was moving. Once movement was detected, the crew attempted to raise anchor and maneuver away from the shore, but the weather and sea conditions made this difficult. By the time the anchor was raised, the ship had been pushed too close to the shore to recover.

    The New Carissa was a dry bulk freighter optimized for carriage of wood chips owned by the Japanese shipping concern. The vessel using an all-steel construction. The freighter was 195 meters (639 ft) long and 32 meters (106 ft) wide.

    After it was beached, an attempt to tow the bow section of the ship out to sea failed when the tow line broke, and the bow was grounded again. Eventually, the bow was successfully towed out to sea and sunk. The stern section remains on the beach near Coos Bay. Fuel on board the ship was burned off in situ, but a significant amount was also spilled from the wreckage, causing ecological damage to the coastline.

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    PhotobyPeter, 彡erlingsi, vostok71, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. liesje-73 75 months ago | reply

      Sad story, great picture!
      ~~ Seen in BOATS group. ~~

    2. Sunflower Muse 75 months ago | reply

      Powerful, like a beached whale.

    3. 彡erlingsi 75 months ago | reply

      You are invited to join Rot Squad - a showcase for the best decay photos.

    4. Monica de Moss photography 75 months ago | reply

      Nicely shot! Interesting story too - I don't recall ever hearing about this one.

    5. naviator [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      Very interesting account and a first rate picture.

    6. mathteacher... 75 months ago | reply

      Interesting story....horrible occurance.....great shot of it!

    7. vostok71 75 months ago | reply

      Great photo and story! Thanx!

    8. Aeon6 [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      its a great picture though. kind of majestic in a ruined sort of way

    9. Schumata 75 months ago | reply

      this is another great pic!

    10. espressoDOM 74 months ago | reply

      you should submit this to jpg magazine... cool shot

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    11. Misserion 74 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the idea espressoDOM
      I went ahead and submitted it for the Human Impact theme.

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    12. *amy&kimball 70 months ago | reply

      that ship rusted pretty quick in just 7-8 yrs!

    13. AEGEOTISSA 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called unlucky boats & ships -πλοία άτυχα, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. VillasSlave2Ink 64 months ago | reply

      Whoo Hoo! I love this image.... Would you consider joining and posting this image in

      Seaside Decay group!

      I have started a new "Decay" group called "Seaside Decay" It is mostly for structures or things near or on the ocean or bay...though I've expanded it to ALL bodies of water....Please feel free to join and add anything you have captured in you travels!

    15. swusch 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kaputt - bust - crevé - estropeado - 坏的, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. nadineOREGONallen 54 months ago | reply

      Great write up with your vivid photo!

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