Ship checked for damage after being freed

Updated: Oct. 12, 2019 at 11:12 PM EDT
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CARDINAL, Ontario (WWNY) - A ship that went aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway nearly a week ago was being checked for damage Saturday after being freed Saturday morning.

Veteran ship watcher Michael Folsom posted to Twitter just before 9:30 AM that the ship, the Ret. Hon. Paul J. Martin, was “free at last and sitting in the channel.”

The ship was anchored near Prescott, Ontario Saturday for damage assessment and if needed, repairs, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman. After it’s cleared to proceed, the ship will resume its trip to Quebec City, where it was headed when it ran aground.

The freighter carrying iron ore went aground last Sunday evening on the Canadian side of Galup Island, which is opposite Red Mills in the town of Lisbon.

The operation to free the ship involved tug boats and barges.

Some of the ship’s iron ore cargo was moved to barges Friday, in an effort to lighten the vessel. The operation involved three barges taking 5,000 metric tons of iron ore from the ship, according to the U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

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