Wake From Cruise Ship Pulls Submarine Gangway Into Water

July 9, 2012

(4:15 p.m. EDT) Sometimes being parked right next to a cruise ship isn't the best place to be. At least it wasn't for the Growler submarine, on display at the Intrepid Museum, early Sunday morning when the wake from Norwegian Star pulled the gangway into the water.

Luke Sacks, a spokesman for the Intrepid, told Cruise Critic that a strong wave was generated when the cruise ship had to use its thrusters in order to dock. "A gangway to the Growler was damaged," he said. "There were no injuries and the Intrepid was not affected."

Norwegian Cruise Line explained to Cruise Critic why the thrusters were necessary. "In the process of maneuvering to its docking position, the ship experienced strong current conditions," AnneMarie Matthews, a Norwegian spokesperson said. "To keep the ship in its correct docking approach under these conditions, propulsion and thrusters were utilized, which created a wake in the surrounding waters."

A spokesman for the Coast Guard told The New York Times that the incident was "normal for the New York waterfront" and that it is normal for a cruise ship to use thrusters and propellers to dock.

"One vessel created a wake," petty officer Thomas McKenzie said in the Times article. "The other vessel just bobbed in the water, and that's what vessels do… That's common practice. It generated a little bit more than usual wake."

The New York Times reported the Growler was open to visitors on Sunday.

Norwegian Star was returning from a Bermuda cruise.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor