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Spirit of Yorktown June 25, 2007

Cruise West's Spirit of Yorktown Collides With Seattle Salmon Fishing Vessel Adirondack

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Spirit of Yorktown June 25, 2007

Cruise West's Spirit of Yorktown Collides With Seattle Salmon Fishing Vessel Adirondack.

The Spirit of Yorktown is a Seattle-based Cruise West ship, owned by West Travel, Inc. The cruise ship was in calm seas and light winds about 1am in southeast Alaska's Chatham Straight, on the southeastern end of Catherine Island, about 15 miles south of Angoon when it collided with the four man Seattle-based vessel Adirondack, a 58-foot salmon boat. The Adirondack was disabled by the collision.

The Spirit Of Yorktown, a 257 foot cruise ship, takes cruises between Alaska and the Caribbean, with a cruise down the west coast of the United States and Mexico, and then through the Panama canal. It holds 138 passengers and a crew of 40.

The Yorktown was traveling under its own power to Petersburg, where it was scheduled to reach Tuesday afternoon. It will also undergo an inspection upon its arrival. Initial reports said the cruise ship did not have any damages.

The Adirondack was heading north to Sitka at about eight knots when the collision occurred. The top house is crushed, he said, and the right side of the ship was severely damaged.

Shortly after the crash, the Yorktown radioed the Coast Guard and sent a small boat to the Adirondack see if its four-person crew needed assistance. Another fishing vessel, the Guardian, arrived on the scene and towed the Adirondack to Sitka, where Coast Guard officials inspected it.

This is the second recent accident for the Spirit Of Yorktown. In 2006, it ran aground in Washington state.

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