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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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Reuters
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
March 10, 1992 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
June 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
March 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
North Korea said Saturday that it had nothing to do with the incursion of two suspected spy ships in Japanese waters last week. The intrusion triggered a tense pursuit by Japanese coast guard and military ships, which fired warning shots, the first since 1953. The unidentified vessels, disguised as fishing boats, fled to a North Korean port, Japanese officials said.
June 23, 1988
Cruise ships leaving U.S. ports carrying hundreds of American tourists operate with only "superficial" safety surveillance by the Coast Guard and the danger of loss of life by fire "is enormous," the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said. A rash of fires aboard cruise ships prompted NTSB Chairman Jim Burnett to ask whether stricter safety standards or better regulation of the industry are required.
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