Americana accidents and incidents

Americana cruise ship

Former names
MS Yorktown, Spirit of Yorktown, Yorktown Clipper

Length (LOA)
68 m / 223 ft

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CruiseMapper's Americana cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 138-passenger vessel owned by Small Cruise Lines. Our Americana accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • aground - 2012 (near Wyandotte MI / Detroit River)
  • collision - 2007 (with a fishing boat in Chatham Strait Alaska)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Yorktown Clipper (1988-2006 by Clipper Cruise Lines), Spirit of Yorktown (2006-2011 by Cruise West), MS Yorktown (2011-2014 by Travel Dynamics International) and MS Americana (since 2014 - by Explorer Maritime Cruises).

25 August 2012Ship Grounding

(MS Yorktown) On August 25, 2012, the USCG reported that at ~8 pm, the cruise ship ran aground while navigating on Detroit River (near Wyandotte MI).

The boat was carrying a total of 120 passengers on an 8-day river cruise from the USA to Canada. No injuries were reported and the vessel was safe (not taking on water).

A tugboat assisted and eventually freed the ship on August 26, at ~ 1:30 am. The vessel's inspection found no significant hull damages. The ship was cleared to continue towards next call port Cleveland OH.

(law news) On October 23, 2012, the USCG fined the shipowner (V Ships Leisure) USD 3000 for the August grounding. The USCG investigation determined the navigation officer "made serious errors in judgment". He also lacked proper certification for navigating on Detroit River.

13 June 2012Structural and Technical Issues

(MS Yorktown) On June 13, 2012, the ship cancelled the first of all 7 scheduled for the summer season calls to port Sheboygan WI (USA). The reason for the cancellation were technical issues with the onboard air-conditioning, water-heating and refrigeration systems.

The maiden port call was re-scheduled for June 28. Eventually, the inaugural cruise was cancelled.

25 June 2007Ship Collision / Allision

(Spirit of Yorktown) On June 25, 2007, at ~~1 am, while navigating in Chatham Strait and approx 15 ml / 25 km south of Angoon (Alaska), the cruise ship collided with a fishing boat. No injuries were reported.

Following the collision, the boat became disabled as its steering system was damaged. The ship was not damaged and continued to Petersburg AK.

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