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December 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

High winds blow ship from Bellingham mooring

The Associated Press

The Garth Foss tugboat pulls the Horizon freighter back to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal after it broke loose during high winds Tuesday.  The ship is used to carry containers to Alaska but is not currently active and carries no fuel.  (Philip A. Dwyer / The Bellingham Herald)

The Garth Foss tugboat pulls the Horizon freighter back to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal after it broke loose during high winds Tuesday. The ship is used to carry containers to Alaska but is not currently active and carries no fuel. (Philip A. Dwyer / The Bellingham Herald)

BELLINGHAM — Winds gusting as high as 67 mph broke a ship free of its mooring Tuesday morning in Bellingham.

A nearby worker told The Bellingham Herald it sounded like rifle shots as some of the cleats on the dock gave way.

Shortly after noon, two tugs pushed the 650-foot Horizon Fairbanks back to its normal leased space at the Port of Bellingham.

The ship is used to carry containers to Alaska but is not currently active and carries no fuel.

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