Today I learned of the MT Vulcanus, a freighter ship that was converted into an incinerator ship to burn hazardous waste, including Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. The ship burned hazardous waste at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, and South Pacific from 1972 until 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT_…
In 1942, German sub U-68 torpedoed the 8,600-ton British freighter Surrey in the Caribbean Sea. Unbeknownst to the submarine crew, the Surrey carried tons of dynamite in the cargo which detonated. The shock wave lifted U-68 out of the water as if she had suffered a torpedo hit herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Learned of Muirfield Seamount, an isolated underwater mountain that is 5,000 metres (16,000ft) tall. It was only discovered in 1973 when the freighter MV Muirfield literally ran into the summit, which is just below sea level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mui…
It is believed the first Japanese citizen to set foot in America was Oguri Jukichi, captain of a freighter that was sailing off the Japanese coast in 1813 when a storm blew it deep into the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, they were rescued off the coast of California and returned to Japan. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The entire crew of the freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald" died because the ship sunk almost instantly. cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwis…
A lake freighter launched in 1906 was in commercial service as a powered ship until 2013. The hull was then cut down to a barge and it is still active today, now in its 114th season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
In 1918 a giant freighter called the USS Cyclops vanished between the Caribbean and Baltimore while carrying 309 passengers and tons of ore. 23 years later its sister ship, the USS Proteus, mysteriously disappeared on the exact same route. To this day, neither have been found. youtube.com/watch?v=HDmvE…
48222 is the United States only floating zip code. The JW Wescott II is a boat on the Detroit River that delivers and picks up mail to passing freighters wtop.com/business-finance…
The mail boat J.W. Wescott II has the only floating ZIP code in the US. The "mail by the pail" vessel has been delivering mail, packages, supplies and the occasional pizza to Great Lakes freighters since 1874. nytimes.com/2016/08/21/bu…
In 1980 a freighter struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Tampa Bay, FL), causing six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. The bridge was also featured in the 2004 film "The Punisher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned of the lake freighter Daniel J. Morell. Her hull broke during the night and as the crew were evacuating the bow they spotted another ship. This turned out to be the "aft section, barreling towards them under the power of the ship's engine." The two sections were later found 5 miles apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster in which the freighter, Summit Venture, collided with the bridge causing six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet into the waters. 35 people were killed. One person survived after his truck landed on the deck of the ship before the water tampabay.com/photos/2018/…
There have been two Canadian freighters called the MS Windoc. Both were hit by lift bridges, both on the same canal, 63 years apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_…
Today I learned of The McKee Sons, a freighter that ran aground in the Detroit River on Christmas Eve while delivering almost 12,000 tons of coal theoaklandpress.com/gener…
The German freighter Hannover was captured in the waters of the Dominican Republic, in the night of 7/8 March 1940, was later converted into an Escort Carrier HMS Audacity / She was the first escort carrier of the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
The preserved body of a crewman of the freighter SS Kamloops was found by divers in the engine room of the sunken ship in Lake Superior more than 50 years after it sank in 1927. articles.baltimoresun.com…
The name, Sriracha, comes from Si Racha, the city in Thailand from which it originates. And the iconic rooster on the bottle is the astrological sign of the company’s founder David Tran and the company name, Huy Fong, was the name of the freighter Tran came to the US on from Vietnam. seriouseats.com/2012/02/h…
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 8, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned of the SS Beaverford, a British freighter in WW2 that fought a five-hour battle with the German cruiser Admiral Scheer. The time bought by the Beaverford's sacrifice let the rest of its convoy keep scattering, and was in large part responsible for the fact that only six Allied ships were sunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned of the SS Richard Montgomery, a WW2 freighter that was sunk carrying explosives in the Thames Estuary. It could still detonate, but is too expensive to remove. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
During WWI, The German Government Built "Submarine Freighters" Which Could Travel Underneath The British Naval Blockade of Germany and Trade With The Then-Neutral United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The Medusa Challenger, a Great Lakes freighter, was notorious for causing the apparent malfunctioning of Chicago's drawbridges connectingthewindycity.co…
Some people travel by freighter. For fun. freighterworld.com/
In 1938 a freighter named Windoc struck a bridge in the Welland Canal, and in 2001, a freighter with the same name struck a bridge in the same canal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
PepsiCo once accepted 10 freighters and tankers from the U.S.S.R. as payment for syrup. nytimes.com/1990/04/09/bu…
Today I learned of a Virginian state governor that personally led a successfully expedition in the Chesapeake against Oyster Pirates on a tugboat and freighter in 1882 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
During the 1967 6-Day War, a convoy of 14 freighters were stranded in the Suez Canal for 8 years when Egypt blocked both ends of the canal. shipsonstamps.org/Topics/…

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