I was coming accross the Key bridge last night and heard the frieghter give the 5 blasts, the second freighter was quite a distance away. The blasts were meant for the sailboats doing the Wednesday evening race as they were criss crossing the commercial shipping channel.
This has been an ongoing problem in the Patapsco River for many, many years. In this particular situation, those large, commercial vessels ALWAYS have the right-of-way. Baltimore's Inner Harbor commercial traffic is horrendous, even on weekends
- This is quite a bold and untrue statement you have painted with a broad brush and would leave you beleive that the Baltimore Inner Harbor and the Patapsco are one in the same and that its is a roiling wake filled mess.
The only place you find a lot of traffic is on the North Fork of the Inner Harbor past Fort McHenry as you travel up to the Inner harbor which is about a 2 mile stretch. It is not unlike any other confined stretch of water such as the Severen South or Susquhanna Rivers , The freighters do not usually head up there. The area that the incident dschrunmp was talking about occured east of the Key bridge which is very wide open and the Patapsco is very wide at this point ( 1-2 miles at least) with only a very small area designated as the main shipping channel.
Most of us who sail in this area rarely have trouble with other boats,a nd certainly not the ships as we do not stray or dilly dally in the channel. It is a great place to sail as often there is wind there when there is none further up the Patapsco or out on the Bay, because of the geographical configuration there.
Also many times it is more pleasurable to sail the wide Patapsco River thasn get the crap kicked out of you when it is screaming 35 knots on the open waters of the bay with 6 foot chop and seas
dschrump...I must have seen you out there last night. Trty and make it over to the sailnet Rondevous on June 11 after 6 if you can. We are just across the creek with it at the Maryland Yacht Club. Lots of good/ nice Sailnetters coming.