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90-foot ketch collides with Ft. Lauderdale bridge
by manatee 08-23-2013

Passengers, pirates OK after boat hits bridge | News - Home
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Re: 90-foot ketch collides with Ft. Lauderdale bridge

That'll buff right out!

What else can you say after running into a bridge in broad daylight (12:45 pm)? The gearbox failed.

I didn't do it!
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90-foot ketch collides with Ft. Lauderdale bridge

I wonder if there was a strong tidal current and perhaps some wind. A knot or two of tidal current plus momentum and/or wind can wreak havoc and make it hard to judge.

I was also thinking a compounding factor might be an engine issue such as loss of power, transmission, or throttle linkage.

Stopping might not have been possible with the best available option being to let momentum carry and impact bow first instead of broadside. Once they made the turn, getting out seems unlikely with 90 ft and that likely slow turning wooden vessel (long keel).

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90-foot ketch collides with Ft. Lauderdale bridge

You did see the pic of the pirate at the helm, didn't you? I know it's not funny, but it is...just a little bit. Just the picture part.

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