June 20, 2018
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Boats collide off North Haven

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two vessels based out of Rockland managed to return to port under their own power after colliding Friday evening off North Haven.

The 72-foot Jacob Pike and the private ferry Jackie Renee struck each other at about 8:35 p.m. in the Fox Island Thoroughfare about a half-mile off Crabtree Point on North Haven, according to Lt. Nick Barrow of the U.S. Coast Guard station in South Portland.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and no other information is available, Barrow said.

There were no injuries.

The Jacob Pike is operated by J & J Lobster of Rockland. The vessel is a restored historic sardine carrier built in 1949.

The Jackie Renee is a 38-foot ferry operated by Penobscot Ferry and Transport in Rockland. The ferry can hold 12 people in its enclosed space and 14 on deck, according to its website.

There were three passengers on the ferry, according to Barrow.

The ferry serves the islands of Penobscot Bay.

There was damage to the Jacob Pike above the water line, the Coast Guard official said.

He said the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Belfast would conduct the investigation of the commercial vessels.

A telephone message was left with Capt. Jim Kalloch, who operates Penobscot Ferry and Transport. J & J Lobster could not be reached for comment.

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