New York City, Shipping Accident, Jan 1966


New York (AP) -- Two tugboats and a small tanker collided in the harbor Wednesday, sinking one of the tugs and dumping its crew into the bitter cold water. Four men were missing.
The Coast Guard at first reported that only the 264-foot coastal tanker "MORANIA MARLIN" and the tug "PATRICIA MORAN" were involved.
But later it said a Coast Guard investigating team had learned the tug "DIANA MORAN" also figured in the accident.
All of the missing were from the "PATRICIA MORAN," which went to the bottom. Six crewmen from the same tug were rescued. Both vessels are owned by the Moran Towing Co.
A Coast Guard Spokesman said full details of the collision still were not known. The "DIANA MORAN" suffered only minor damage.
The temperature at the time of the collision was about 15 degrees.
The "MORANIA MARLIN" and the "PATRICIA MORAN" collided at 6:20 a.m. in the Kill Van Kull, a narrow strait between Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J.
The bow of the 1,056-gross-ton tanker was stove in and she went to the Cordell Shipyard on Staten Island.

The Oneonta Star New York 1966-01-13

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The sinking of Patricia Moran in January 1966`

My father was on that tug boat when it sank. His body was found in April of 1966. Would like more on the story. His name was Gotfred Nilsen

Reply to Ruth

Ruth - My truly deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father in that tragic accident. My uncle, Tommy Ryan, was in the same accident and was one of the men who survived. I have periodically searched for more details and have come up empty.

My best to you on your search...and I will continue to search as well.