Boat runs aground near Portland Harbor entrance

Posted June 04, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
Last modified June 05, 2011, at 5:09 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard says a two-masted schooner with 23 passengers ran aground near a fort near the entrance to Portland Harbor in Maine.

Lt. Nicholas Barrow says the Coast Guard was alerted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday that the Wendameen was aground southwest of Fort Gorges (GOR-geous). He says it was listing slightly but was not taking on water.

Barrow says the 23 passengers were removed and taken to the Maine State Pier. He says four crew members remained on the boat.

Barrow says other boats are on scene to assist. He says the crew will try to move the Wendameen when the tide begins rising.

The Coast Guard says the boat’s documented length is 59 feet, but the website for its owner, the Portland Schooner Co., says it’s 88 feet long.

 

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