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SeaBreeze Sinks Off Coast

December 19, 2000
More bad news for SeaBreeze, a ship once part of the now-defunct Premier Cruises. The ship, sailing from Boston to Charleston with 34 crew members (but no passengers), sunk about 200 miles northeast of Cape Henry, Virginia. All 34 crewmembers were rescued via U.S. Coast Guard helicopters (and are safe) and the ship sank shortly thereafter.

The ship’s captain had sent a distress call Sunday, reporting that winds were gusting to a near-hurricane force of 60 miles per hour with waves reaching 30 feet.

SeaBreeze, built in 1958, was owned by Cruise Ventures III is a subsidiary of DLJ Capital Funding in New York, which had seized the ship from Florida-based Premier in September. The ship, which had been languishing in Halifax until title issues were cleared up, was en route to Charleston, where the owners were planning to decide about selling it.

The Panamanian government, which had flagged the 1,500-pax vessel, will be investigating the cause of the ship’s failure.

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