U.S. Fish­ing Boat Col­lides with RCN Ship

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The Amer­i­can Seafoods Com­pany Amer­i­can Dy­nasty, a huge fac­tory-fish­ing trawler, smashed into the docked frigate HMCS Winnipeg, which had just un­der­gone a mas­sive re­fit and sys­tems up­grade, in a spec­tac­u­lar morn­ing crash on April 23.

The B.C. Am­bu­lance Ser­vice con­firmed six civil­ians were taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Elec­tri­cian Rob Pat­ter­son was on the war­ship when it was struck. “Ex­tremely un­nerv­ing be­ing be­low decks when the im­pact hap­pened,” Pat­ter­son said in an email. “We were thrown about the work ar­eas with tools and equip­ment be­ing tossed amongst us.”

The sub­se­quent dull boom of the two enor­mous ships col­lid­ing rang out over the har­bour, as a wall of waves was sent over the bows of both ves­sels. Then sirens be­gan blar­ing.

“The Winnipeg must have been pushed back at least 20 feet or more…even though it was tied up,” said eye­wit­ness Larry Ed­wards of the Esquimalt pub­lic works depart­ment.

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