Small ferry runs aground in fog off North Haven

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 22, 2009, at 2:23 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The captain of a small, independent ferry that ran aground in thick fog off North Haven on Friday night said he hopes to have the boat repaired and operational within several weeks.

The vessel Jackie Renee ran aground at Pulpit Rock at 9:47 p.m. Friday after the boat’s radar failed. Capt. Jim Kalloch, a retired Navy officer who operates Penobscot Ferry and Transport of Rockland, said he was attempting to correct the radar malfunction quickly when the boat struck the rocks in the fog.

Neither Kalloch nor the other crew member on the boat was injured.

“Everything is fine,” Kalloch said Sunday after he was able to inspect the 38-foot, lobster-style boat. “We will have to replace some electronic components, but I expect to be out there in a couple of weeks.”

Penobscot Ferry and Transport offers charter passenger and freight service as well as scheduled ferry service to islands in Penobscot Bay, many of which are not served by the Maine State Ferry Service. There were no passengers on board the boat at the time.

A Coast Guard response boat from the Rockland station evacuated the other crew member Friday night while Kalloch stayed behind to wait for a commercial salvage company to remove the vessel.

The Coast Guard also monitored the salvage of the boat, which has an estimated 200 gallons of fuel on board. There were no spills reported.

Kalloch said the boat was pulled to harbor Saturday and that it is floating fine.

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