Accession Number:

AD0781400

Title:

Foundering of the M/V Maryland in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina on 18 December 1971 with Loss of Life.

Descriptive Note:

Marine casualty rept.,

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

On December 18, 1971, as the uninspected motor vessel MARYLAND, towing the barge BALTIMORE No. 2, proceeded into Albemarle Sound, N.C., high tripping forces imparted by the hawser and wind caused the MARYLAND to heel to port for more than two hours, which led to flooding and the subsequent sinking of the MARYLAND. The crew was unable to broadcast a distress message because electrical power to the radio had been lost. As a result of late and disorganized efforts to abandon ship, most crewmembers were forced to enter the cold water of Albemarle Sound without suitable life preservers. By the time a passing yacht came upon the casualty, exposure and drowning had killed six of the seven crewmembers. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this casualty was the fact that the portside watertight door which led from the weatherdeck to the lower crew berthing compartment was left open at some time while the vessel was heeled over to port. This provided a relatively low point of water ingress, and the subsequent flooding sank the vessel.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE