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Roonagh Head

Luzon,Quebec - after collision with Tritonica

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Roonagh Head - IMO 5299450. ... She was involved in a collision on the St-Lawrence River July 20th 1963, while downbnd from Trois-Rivières to the sea. At 01h52, while navigating at full speed despite fog patches, she was forced to an emergency stop due to the ore carrier TRITONICA being on the wrong side of the channel. ...
 

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The river pilot in charge on the Roonagh was accompanied by an apprentice. It later transpired the senior Pilot had suffered a heart attack during which he gave conflicting orders to the helmsman, resulting in a collision with the upbound Tritonica. The three ships involved could clearly see each other’s navigation lights over the low-lying fog banks. The court of inquiry found each ship equally to blame.

None of the officers or crew ever got over their involvement in this incident. It had been the worst accident on the St. Lawrence river since the Empress of Ireland in 1914. Sadly, the whole experience from launching/retrieving the lost lifeboat crews, the search for survivors in thick fog, the deaths and the lengthy court appearances afterwards stayed with all of those who survived. Jimmy McPharland’s boat (the 3rd Mate) and his crew were found on the 2nd day beached at Goose Cape, 90 miles downstream.
- Life can be a ‘hard old station’.
 

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