MARINE CASUALTY REPORT. SS FROSTA (NORWEGIAN), M/V GEORGE PRINCE; COLLISION IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON 20 OCTOBER 1976 WITH LOSS OF LIFE

On 20 October 1976 the Norwegian tankship FROSTA and the American ferry GEORGE PRINCE collided at Mile 120.8 above Head of Passes (AHP) on the Lower Mississippi River. The GEORGE PRINCE was struck on the portside, amidships by the bow of the FROSTA, pushed up river a short distance and then capsized to starboard throwing the full load of vehicles and passengers into the water. Seventy six persons perished; their bodies have been recovered and identified. Eighteen passengers survived. One passenger is missing and presumed dead. This report contains the U. S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation report and the Action taken by the Commandant to determine the probable cause of the casualty and the recommendation to prevent recurrence. The Commandant has determined that the probable cause of the casualty was that both vessels were operated without due caution and regard for the dangers of collision. Both vessels were burdened by Rule 21 and 25 of the Western Rivers Rules to avoid collision. Neither vessel took any early and substantial action to do so. (Author)

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    United States Coast Guard

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    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Publication Date: 1978-4-18

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  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180938
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-16732/73429
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM