Portland to investigate 3 charter boat groundings

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Maine are taking a look at boating safety in Portland harbor following three charter boat groundings in the past 13 months.

The Portland Harbor Commission says it’s interested in meeting with charter boat operators to discuss the matter.

The Wendameen, a 59-foot two-masted schooner, ran aground twice this summer in the harbor. The 88-foot Bagheera ran aground last summer. Both are owned by the Portland Schooner Co., which did not respond to the Portland Press Herald’s requests for comment.

Bill Frappier III, who owns three tour boats, said he’d be glad to meet with harbor commissioners. But he said the problems of one company shouldn’t trigger new regulations.

He said it comes down to how familiar boat captains are with the waters of Casco Bay.

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