CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1999
Closing a dark chapter in Disneyland history, guests rode the sailing ship Columbia around the park's Rivers of America on Monday for the first time since a tourist was killed Christmas Eve while waiting to board. With the cry "bow line clear!" sea chanteys echoing on board and a news helicopter beating accompaniment above, crew members in striped socks and three-cornered hats eased the 212-ton ship away from the dock just before 1 p.m.
July 13, 2007 |
The Spanish Civil Guard heightened a battle over a $500-million treasure of gold and silver coins from a shipwreck when it seized a vessel belonging to a Tampa, Fla.-based company. The Ocean Alert was seized three miles off the southeastern coast. The Civil Guard acted on an order of a Spanish judge who in June instructed police to seize two vessels of Odyssey Marine Exploration if they left the British colony of Gibraltar and entered Spanish waters.
August 14, 1999 |
U.S. agents using welding torches and crowbars discovered 132 Chinese illegal immigrants in a secret compartment in the hold of a ship docked in Savannah, Ga., immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service spokeswoman Sue Brown said the migrants were found by agents acting on a tip that Prince Nicholas, a ship registered in Cyprus, was smuggling illegal immigrants.
September 17, 2001 |
The Coast Guard stopped a Royal Caribbean cruise ship from coming into Miami while it swept the port after finding a security breach in the Port of Miami's passenger terminal. The three-hour delay reflected heightened security at airports and ports around the country since four passenger planes were hijacked Tuesday. The Coast Guard said an open door was discovered leading to secure areas late Saturday. Officers conducted a security sweep overnight.
January 21, 2003 |
A fire broke out aboard a 370-foot cargo ship at anchor outside New York Harbor, injuring a crewman. A police helicopter evacuated the burned crew member to a hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition. The fire apparently began in the engine room of the Dutch-registered tanker, which had just unloaded cocoa beans in Brooklyn, Coast Guard officials said.
March 10, 1992 |
President Bush signed into law on Monday a bill to allow gambling on American cruise ships. Sponsors in Congress said the intent is to make U.S.-flag cruise ships more competitive with foreign-flag ships that offer gambling. The measure eliminates federal prohibitions against gambling on cruise liners operating outside the three-mile, state-waters limit. Gambling will be allowed, provided that it is not the main purpose of the cruise.
June 4, 2008 |
A top U.S. admiral says Navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave after failing to get the military government's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the top commander in the Pacific, said he wants the aircraft carrier Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties Thursday. The ships were in the region for international exercises. Keating made them available to help with relief efforts after last month's cyclone, but Myanmar allowed only limited U.S. military aid flights and barred the ships from approaching.
January 7, 1998 |
The Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises said it has ordered two more mega-ships, which will increase the Princess fleet to 13 ships and 22,500 berths. The two yet-to-be-named ships will each cost about $425 million, weigh more that 109,000 tons and be able to carry up to 2,600 passengers. The ships, which are being built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Trieste, Italy, will be delivered in the spring and fall of 2001.
June 3, 2008 |
A British human rights organization says the U.S. used military ships to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. U.S. officials denied using ships as prisons. The group Reprieve alleged that high-profile detainees, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh and Australian Taliban supporter David Hicks, were imprisoned on the vessels. Reprieve says the U.S. has used ships stationed off the Somali coast and the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to detain suspects.
May 21, 1999 |
Beginning July 1, all ships entering the U.S. will have to tell the government what they have done on the high seas to protect fragile American waterways from invading species. The interim regulation, published by the Coast Guard, puts into action a 1996 law extending to all ports measures that were in effect only on the Great Lakes.