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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?
Some years ago,probably about 12 years,I was helping bring back a boat from the Virgin Islands when about 3 days out from the Chesapeake Bay entrance we came across what we thought at first was a small house on the horizon. As we approached closer it was a container floating at about 45 degrees angle. We tried to sink her but the doors where already ajar and we determined it would probably continue to float due to the fact it was a reefer type of a container with plenty of insulation. We did notify the Coast Guard of its position.
If someone still has old Ocean Navigator magazines of by gone years there where pictures that where published.
Bottom line the container did not show up on RADAR. If the seas where rough we would have never seen it.
Update: I found the date, 10/96, that I had submitted the photos of our encounter with the container to Ocean Navigator. Don't know if these original photos can be reused in another publication...