COLLISION OF THE TUG CAROLYN AND WEEKS BARGE 254 WITH THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE AND TUNNEL ON OR ABOUT 21 SEPTEMBER 1972 WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE. MARINE CASUALTY REPORT

On September 20, 1972, the tug CAROLYN, towing the barge WEEKS No. 254, lost all propulsion in the Chesapeake Bay. The vessels drifted in heavy winds and collided with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. Two other vessels, the Coast Guard Cutter MADRONA and the tug WARRENGAS, were standing by to assist the CAROLYN and its tow at the time of the collision. As a result of the initial collision and of subsequent impacts by the barge during the next several hours, the bridge structure was heavily damaged. This report contains the action taken by the National Transportation Safety Board in determining the probable cause of the casualty and in making recommendations to prevent its recurrence. The report also contains the Marine Board of Investigation report and the action taken by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Publication Date: 1974-1-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-NTSB-Mar-74-2
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 1978 12:00AM