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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

I passed by one in the Straights of Fla. about 15 years ago, about 50 miles north of Cuba. It was sticking maybe 6 inches out of the water, I didn't see it untill I was passing a boats length to wind ward of it. The only reason I didn't hit it was dumb luck. My friend converted an aluminum life boat into a cruising sail boat and came down hard on a 40 foot mahogony tree in the same stretch of water. KABOOM, He said. Had his wife and daughter aboard, nothing happened to the hull.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Captain Aaron, I'd like to ask you a few more questions about your experience.

Can you send me your email address so I can follow up directly with you?

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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Certainly, I PM'd it to you. Not much to tell though, My girl friend said, "what's that?" I said, "holy Sh!t, that's a conex box!" wicked lucky we were.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Can you give me your full name, age, city and state?
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E-mail me.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

I look forward to your article. Hitting a container (or other large debris) especially at night is my biggest fear. It could sink your boat in seconds and at night, with little warning even deploying a life raft would be difficult. If crew were sleeping below, they may never escape.

Here is a link you may find interesting:

Deep Cargo: An Ocean Of Lost Shipping Containers | WebEcoist

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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

It's the second most scary thing out there to me, Lightning being the first. For me any way's. I do ship assits on the tug I work on, and those guy's say they lose conex box's all the time, and sometimes in a big sea they actually purposefully let some go. Scary SH!T.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Captain, because I am a new member, the system will not let me email you. If you can send an email message to me at johnjgeoghegan at yahoo dot com I will respond. Many thanks in advance. jg
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

I'll do it now, I'm not doing anything,.... Obviously. I'd put my E-mail here but there are some crazy mofo's on this sight!
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

I remember sailing north of Hawaii , on a bright moonlit night , sleeping in my bunk, when I slammed into something hard and metalic. It launched me right out of my bunk. When I looked back, I could see a large, dark shape, silhouetted in the moonlight. As I was in a steel boat at the time, I had no worries about any damage. Later , I found a small dent , a few feet ahead of amidships.
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