USA Army transport ship wreck threatens BC's North Coast that served in WWI & II to Alaska

May 2, 2012 Full story:

South of Grenville Channel, in Wright Sound, rests the wreck of BC Ferries' Queen of the North, which sank March 22, 2006.

First Nations on BC's North Coast are ringing alarm bells after an oil slick believed to be linked to a long-sunken US military transport ship appeared on local waters ...

"Something's got to be done," he said, noting the federal government promised to have the site "dealt with" by 2010.

Clifton said the incident raises questions about whether or not the federal government can guard against oil spills, especially those that could result from increased tanker traffic linked to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

"Coast Guard environmental response is working on an urgent basis to establish a diving operation to place a temporary patch on the area that's leaking to prevent further pollution," said Bate.

According to a Fisheries and Oceans's Notice to Mariners, the steel-hulled vessel was 77 metres long and 13 metres wide.

Resting upside down, the ship is in about 27 metres of water. About 20 metres of water cover the ship.

"Weakness and cracking in the hull are resulting in oil seepage," states the notice. "Mariners are requested not to anchor or fish within 200 metres of the wreck."

Photo: The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. Convicted murderer Ronald Smith becomes emotional during his clemency hearing in Powell County District Court on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Deer Lodge, Mont. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Michael Gallacher)

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Toronto, Canada

#1 May 3, 2012
at the time of her sinking she was transporting a cargo of at least twelve 500-pound (230 kg) bombs,

large amounts of .30 and .50 caliber ammunition,

at least 700 tonnes of bunker oil,

and truck axles with army type tires

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