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The Worst Places To Get A Cargo Ship Stuck In State College

Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably aware of the cargo ship currently stuck in the Suez Canal that’s holding up about $9.6 billion in goods each day. But in case you do live under a rock, a 193.5-foot long, 220,000-ton ship called the Ever Given, is currently lodged in one of the world’s most important waterways and creating absolute mayhem in the process.

Simply put, we’re quite obsessed with this boat. How does it get stuck like that? Why can’t they just steer it the other way? Why can’t they just offload the cargo on to a bunch of smaller ships? Why can’t they just dig faster?

So, that got us thinking: Where would an enormous cargo ship cause the most trouble in State College? The answers may surprise you!

Calder Way

If you were looking to head to any of the restaurants located on Calder Way, I’ve got bad news. Fortunately for Yallah Taco and Bagel Crust, there are other locations. Regardless, this is just a disaster for small businesses. Most of them would likely be blocked off by the boat. And don’t even get us started on walking to class with a huge ship in your way.

Beaver Stadium’s Gate A

While fans aren’t currently allowed at football games, a giant cargo ship stuck outside Gate A would certainly lead to not just foot traffic issues, but issues in general. Would a boat stuck in an entrance delay the game? Cancel it? Does Penn State win by default? Hell, getting into Gate A was already troublesome enough last year.

Under Westgate On North Atherton

Shhhh! Pretend it goes under!

This just screams traffic issues. North Atherton is already an incredibly busy street that connects campus and downtown State College. Getting a boat stuck perfectly under the Westgate Building for about a week would be devastating for the already-bad traffic in State College. However, it would be a great experience for engineering and other STEM students to try and solve a way to move it. Think of it as a new, hellish homework exercise.


A big boat stuck literally anywhere in the HUB would be a little more than an inconvenience. You want to get food? Sorry, there’s a boat there. You’re trying to study and it’s too loud? Sorry, there’s currently a ship there stuck, too. Taking class? You better mute that mic, because your classmates do not want to hear the commotion of getting a giant ship stuck and unstuck. The one upside to a boat getting stuck in the HUB is that the fish in the aquarium get to feel a little closer to home. In our book, that’s a win.

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Anna Wiggins

Anna is a sophomore from Washington D.C., but if you're from the DMV she's actually from Alexandria, VA. She likes 80's and 90's rock, was born in a pink hospital in Honolulu, and is double-jointed in her arms, legs, and shoulder blades. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @annae.wgn, or, if you wish to yell at her, you can do so at [email protected]


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