Derelict ship breaks free from mooring in British Columbia


(SQUAMISH, British Columbia) — A rusting freighter broke from its mooring in Howe Sound and drifted for more than three hours Wednesday before being taken under tow, The Squamish Chief reported. The 195-foot Spudnik, a former U.S. Navy vessel owned by a Squamish resident, was being towed to a salvage yard by Cutless, a Seaspan tug. In September, concerns about Spudnik led to an online campaign and an inspection by the Coast Guard.

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Spudnik is a former U.S. Navy transport freighter that is owned by Squamish local Steen Larsen.

Since it arrived in the sound in March, there has been much concern and debate about the rusted ship being moored off Nexen Beach. 

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By Professional Mariner Staff