Overseas Clelimar In Distress

This photo is the Overseas Clelimar after it lost control coming through the Golden Gate. The reports vary on whether or not it hit rocks. Here, well, it appears to have run right up onto one of the points in the Marin Headlands.


NB: There's just not enough contrast in the image to see how the bow of the ship and the point of land intersect. I've jumped up exposure and all on my local image to see if I can make out anything there and it's indistinct. A photo running on the news taken by a tourist on the beach seems to show the boat _just_ missing that point and actually wrapping around it a bit. It's hard to say. From my vantage point in the Presido, it looked like it made contact with land.


See also flickr.com/photos/x180/3232707723/ and flickr.com/photos/x180/3233557344/


Transponder data of the incident: www.boatingsf.com/ais_cleliamar.php (very cool!)


I had seen the boat trending to the coast a few minutes before this and was wondering what was going on. Then a biker came up and said he had saw it hit rocks out there in the bay as he rode across the Golden Gate bridge. The tug you see is the first one on the scene. Two more followed as well as a some other type (USCG?) official boat.


Unfortunately, the longest lens I had on me was 70mm (yes, I was kicking myself), so this is a pretty extreme crop of the total image. Also, the Sun had been down for a bit at this point, so everything was in shadow. It's not pretty, but it tells the story.

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Taken on January 27, 2009