By Erica Abbott
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Reports that a Navy destroyer collided with a building in downtown Houston are false. Rumors that a destroyer crashed into a building after flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey devastated the city stemmed from a satire website.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on Duffel Blog, a military satire website. The article claimed that a destroyer collided with a building in downtown Houston after veering off course. It purported:
As if the city of Houston hasn’t seen enough tragedy due to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, things took a turn for the worse today after a U.S. Navy ship collided with a building in the downtown area.
The ship was identified as an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer belonging to the Navy’s 7th Fleet.
It was unclear why the destroyer was not able to see the building and take evasive action, or why it was over 20 miles inland and trying to navigate through a major metropolitan area.
[…] Navy officials say they are planning a number of PowerPoint trainings related to urban maritime navigation.
The report, however, is completely fictitious. In addition to the Photoshopped image used in the fake news article, the Duffel Blog states in their disclaimer that they publish only satire:
We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm.
All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.
This is just one of many examples of satire websites using humor in times of tragedy. Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on Friday, was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend. At least nine deaths have been reported in the aftermath of the catastrophic flooding, according to the Washington Post.
While there was no crash in the wake of Harvey, there have been several collisions involving Navy vessels in the past decade. More recently, the New York Times reports, “seven sailors were killed when the Fitzgerald, a destroyer, was broadsided by a Philippines-registered cargo ship, about 60 miles off the coast of Japan” in June. Another collision involving a destroyer and an oil tanker occurred last week off the coast of Singapore.
Here are some examples of people sharing the satirical story on social media:
Social Media Shares Satirical Story about Navy Destroyer Colliding with Building In Houston
USNavy destroyers it seems are colliding with everything – oil tankers, freighters & even stationary buildingshttps://t.co/NvpgRMqWCE
— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Iyervval) August 29, 2017
wouldn’t doubt it. https://t.co/Ye4jcb8KRz
— Stephen Bourgeois (@jeepin_stephen) August 29, 2017
— Peter Durfee (@Durf) August 29, 2017
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