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run aground

Of a ship, to crash into and get stuck on a shore, reef, or bottom of a body of water. The treacherous reef surrounding the island has caused many ships to run aground over the years. We tried to navigate into the cove but ended up running aground on the rocks.
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run aground (on something)

[for a ship] to ram its hull into something beneath the water and get stuck. The ship ran aground on a reef and had to wait for high tide to get free. I was afraid we would run aground in the storm.
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Malo; but being forced into Lisbon by bad weather, the ship received some damage by running aground in the mouth of the river Tagus, and was obliged to unload her cargo there; but finding a Portuguese ship there bound for the Madeiras, and ready to sail, and supposing he should meet with a ship there bound to Martinico, he went on board, in order to sail to the Madeiras; but the master of the Portuguese ship being but an indifferent mariner, had been out of his reckoning, and they drove to Fayal; where, however, he happened to find a very good market for his cargo, which was corn, and therefore resolved not to go to the Madeiras, but to load salt at the Isle of May, and to go away to Newfoundland.
Empedrad said FF15 is scheduled for repair at the shipyard in Subic and its running aground and suffering damages only fasttracked its maintenance or repair work.
The three people on board the 20ft boat were brought ashore on Saturday evening after running aground on a falling tide on Llandudno''s West Shore.
Salvage experts decided they need additional resources for the complex operation to re-float the 80-metre MV Danio, which has been stuck since running aground in the early hours of Saturday.
"We imagine that the other agencies will be launching their own investigation on how and why the ship ended running aground," she said.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman added that the ship sustained damage to its starboard side, adding that the reason for the ship running aground was not yet clear.
Dubai Boat owners have been warned to watch out for man-made islands off Dubai's coast especially at night, to avoid collisions and running aground.
Though the ship put out a distress call, the weather prevented several tugs from stopping the ship from running aground. Amoco Cadiz's sister ship the M/T Haven spilled close to a million barrels after exploding off the coast of Italy in 1991.
ROCKHAMPTON, Australia, April 4, 2010 (TAP) - A Chinese ship is in danger of breaking up after running aground off north-east Australia, sparking fears of a major oil spill into the Great Barrier Reef.
The Riverdance lies stranded after running aground in high winds off Blackpool.
The 50-year-old sent a mayday call from the boat, Joan of Arc, saying he was in danger of running aground at about 6.30pm last night.
Prior to running aground, a fire had broken out in the ship's cabin, the safety station said.
The Martime and Coastguard Agency had hired the tug from Suffolk's Kline Shipping to protect the waters around Shetland from ships running aground.
THE captain of the destroyer HMS Nottingham has pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the running aground of his ship off the coast of Australia last year.