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October 31, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG and MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The cruise ship Princess Louise--a popular floating restaurant that occupied a berth at Los Angeles Harbor for two decades until it fell on hard times last year--mysteriously capsized Monday at a shipyard slip where it was being readied for sale. "She fell splat into the water and then it was glog, glog, glog," said Michael Barnes, first mate of the Spirit of Los Angeles, a 600-passenger ship that was on a luncheon cruise nearby when the Princess Louise went down about 12:30 p.m.
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June 6, 1999 | Cecilia Rasmussen
The "Missy" is the proudest ship That rides the billow's crest. In gunnery she's unexcelled, Her skippers are the best. Five years she's held the "Iron Men" For athletes none can beat. And in efficiency but few Approach her in the fleet. --Minna Irving * It was the deadliest peacetime naval disaster ever to occur along the California coast, an explosion that tore through a gun turret on the battleship Mississippi, killing 48 sailors and injuring dozens more.
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November 18, 1989 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sportfishing boat and a tanker hauling jet fuel collided in the darkness just outside Los Angeles Harbor shortly before midnight Thursday, tossing the small ship like a toy and injuring seven people, none seriously. One passenger jumped overboard in fright. The 35 passengers and seven crew members of the 80-foot fishing boat Shogun were hurled to the deck when the bow smashed into the Sealift Antarctic, a 564-foot tanker on its way to San Francisco, the Coast Guard said.
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June 22, 1995
Sixty-three years after she burned, rolled over and was sunk in the waters just outside San Pedro Harbor, the Johanna Smith is still making waves. The double-hulled wooden ship, built to haul lumber, sank in 1932 after serving three years as one of the notorious gambling ships that prowled the waters off Los Angeles. Today, what's left of her is forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to consider rerouting its plans to dredge the harbor.
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March 9, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 500 schoolchildren, family members and teachers who intended to spend a pleasant day watching whales, instead witnessed a gruesome spectacle: a 35-foot mother whale being struck--and probably killed--by a cargo ship bound for the Port of Los Angeles. The incident took place about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, 4 miles south of the breakwater that protects the Los Angeles Harbor.
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March 1, 1991
A tanker truck that slipped off a crippled barge was pulled Thursday from Long Beach Harbor without losing any of its 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel, the Coast Guard said. The tractor truck and two tank trailers, which had floated down the harbor's main channel, were towed to a berth and then hoisted out of the water by a crane barge, Lt. Cmdr. Jim Milbury said.
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January 11, 1991
The main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor was reopened Thursday but ships were barred from entering a smaller side channel as crews worked to clean up a nearly 1,700-gallon oil spill, authorities said. The oil was spilled by a South Korean-flagged freighter shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Clean-up efforts were initiated. But after a rainstorm Wednesday, additional slicks were discovered between the Vincent Thomas and Henry Ford bridges.
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February 21, 1990
The captain of a 564-foot tanker that collided with a sportfishing boat outside Los Angeles Harbor in November has been found negligent and placed on probation for nine months by an administrative law judge. Capt. Arthur Irish of the tanker Sealift Antarctic can continue to operate ocean-going ships, but will have his license automatically suspended for four months if he is found responsible for another mishap during his probation, Judge Harry J. Gardner ruled Tuesday.
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September 5, 1988
"It was like descending into hell," said a fire chief about a 1 1/2-hour fight Sunday to control a fire in the engine room of a 630-foot Dutch container ship that caused closure of the main ship channel at Los Angeles Harbor and resulted in treatment of 24 of the 150 firefighters at the scene for heat exhaustion.
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May 4, 1990
Salvage workers trying to refloat the sunken restaurant ship Princess Louise in Los Angeles Harbor said Thursday they have discovered an air leak that could force them to delay the operation for up to three days. Divers will reopen the sealed-off hull and main deck and try to patch a leaking seam with quick-drying plastic, said Willem G. Boelman of TriNav Shipping, one of two Canadian-based companies overseeing the salvage operation.
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January 13, 1994
A yacht exploded Wednesday afternoon at its harbor berth, killing a welder who was on board, authorities said. The 55-foot Duchess Diane was engulfed by flames about 3:30 p.m. in the Cerritos Channel area of the Port of Los Angeles, Coast Guard spokeswoman Brenda Toledo said. Coast Guard and Los Angeles Fire Department crews doused the flames in about 15 minutes, but were unable to prevent the death of one man who was welding in the hold.
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January 24, 1992
The vessel master of a 482-foot cargo ship that was at anchor in Long Beach Harbor was arrested Thursday for intoxication after allegedly failing a field sobriety test, the Coast Guard reported. P.K. Datta of Calcutta was taken into custody aboard the Panamanian commercial vessel Sapphire, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Brenda Toledo. The ship was not under way when a barge fueling the vessel broke free and ran aground on the Long Beach breakwater Wednesday night, Toledo said.
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November 13, 1991
Two misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against the owner of an Argentine cargo ship that spilled 88 gallons of fuel into Los Angeles Harbor last April. The charges against Maruba S.C.A., the company that owns the cargo ship Centurian, mark the first local use of the state's year-old Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, Deputy City Atty. Don Kass said.
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March 1, 1991
A tanker truck that slipped off a crippled barge was pulled Thursday from Long Beach Harbor without losing any of its 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel, the Coast Guard said. The tractor truck and two tank trailers, which had floated down the harbor's main channel, were towed to a berth and then hoisted out of the water by a crane barge, Lt. Cmdr. Jim Milbury said.
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January 16, 1991 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Port of Los Angeles was fully reopened to shipping traffic Tuesday, preliminary damage estimates from last week's 12,000-gallon oil spill revealed that four oceangoing vessels, hundreds of pleasure boats, as many as 200 sea birds and more than a dozen barges and commercial fishing boats have been tarred with the thick, sticky fuel.
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January 12, 1991
Vessels in Los Angeles Harbor's East Basin and much of the Cerritos Channel will likely have to remain idle this weekend as cleanup crews contend with pollution from a 4-day-old oil spill, a Coast Guard official said Friday. The cleanup will take more time than expected because the spill, which occurred Tuesday as a freighter took on fuel from a barge, was far larger than first thought, Lt. Stephen Danscuk said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991
Two misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against the owner of an Argentine cargo ship that spilled 88 gallons of fuel into Los Angeles Harbor last April. The charges against Maruba S.C.A., the company that owns the cargo ship Centurian, mark the first local use of the state's year-old Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, Deputy City Atty. Don Kass said.
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January 24, 1992
The vessel master of a 482-foot cargo ship that was at anchor in Long Beach Harbor was arrested Thursday for intoxication after allegedly failing a field sobriety test, the Coast Guard reported. P.K. Datta of Calcutta was taken into custody aboard the Panamanian commercial vessel Sapphire, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Brenda Toledo. The ship was not under way when a barge fueling the vessel broke free and ran aground on the Long Beach breakwater Wednesday night, Toledo said.
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January 11, 1991
The main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor was reopened Thursday but ships were barred from entering a smaller side channel as crews worked to clean up a nearly 1,700-gallon oil spill, authorities said. The oil was spilled by a South Korean-flagged freighter shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Clean-up efforts were initiated. But after a rainstorm Wednesday, additional slicks were discovered between the Vincent Thomas and Henry Ford bridges.
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January 10, 1991
A 4,200-gallon fuel oil spill slowed ship traffic Wednesday in busy Los Angeles Harbor as cleanup crews continued the task of sopping up the gooey substance, authorities said. The cleanup was expected to be completed by Wednesday evening, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Beals. "It's kind of like used crankcase oil, pretty heavy, pretty gooey, real sticky, black," Coast Guard Cmdr. Joe Brusseau said in describing the oil.
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