More from Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Thron Riggs, about why ships use the port anchor when they anchor here on the river.
More ways to help Coast Guard families affected by the shutdown
Today on the Ship Report, a real treat: Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Thron Riggs answers a listener question about anchoring ships. Captain Riggs was instrumental in helping the Ship Report get off the ground as a radio show 16 years ago.
Many thanks to him for all the information over the years, and for all his help answering this complex question today: What anchor does a ship use when she comes into the Astoria Anchorage – port or starboard?
Today we’re talking about a recent Coast Guard request asking boatowners and other mariners to take care to secure their watercraft from going adrift in bad weather. Many accidental search and rescue missions have been launched because someone’s kayak, for example, went for a ride without them, blown by wind and rain.
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The USCG icebreaker Polar Star accomplished her annual mission to Antarctica this week, breaking a channel through 21 ft thick sea ice to allow a supply ship to reach McMurdo Station at the bottom of the world.
Lawmakers are attempting to pass legislation immediately to allow the USCG to get paychecks despite the government shutdown.