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Tug Battling High Seas On Lake Superior

November 9, 1986

COPPER HARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw on Sunday was en route to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, where a 600-foot freighter was adrift in Lake Superior, officials said.

The BF Afflick was drifting in 15- to 20-foot waves and 40-knot winds about 20 miles northeast of Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula, said Petty Officer Clyde Lahnum of the Coast Guard office in Cleveland.

The only two people aboard the ship were taken to Copper Harbor on Saturday, Lahnum said.

The tugboat Thunder Cape was towing the Afflick west when it called the Coast Guard to report engine trouble Saturday afternoon.

The Thunder Cape, owned by Misner Offshore Services of Duluth, Minn., and its four crew members were towed to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lahnum said.

The Afflick, recently bought by Upper Lakes Ship Wreckers of Port Colborne, Ontario, contained no cargo and was going to be scrapped, Lahnum said.

″(The Mackinaw) will determine whether we can get the engine and tug fixed and let it resume its trip,″ said Coast Guard spokesman Richard Wehn. ″Otherwise, we will have to tow one or more of the vessels.″

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