Salvage Efforts Failed, Looters Descend on Grounded Boat
Mark Alan Lovewell

Running Free, a 36-and-a-half foot sailboat that ran aground at Norton Point beach on Friday, was still languishing on the beach Wednesday morning after salvage and refloating efforts failed. Meanwhile, visitors to the site were reported to be stripping the boat of its contents.

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Abandoned Sailboat Washes Ashore at Norton Point
Mark Alan Lovewell
Salvage plans are under way for an abandoned 36-and-a-half-foot sailboat that washed up at Norton Point beach on Friday night. No one was aboard the Running Free, which was abandoned in the Bermuda Triangle on Mother’s Day.
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Possible Shipwreck Remnants Discovered
Mark Alan Lovewell

Shifting sand at both Wasque and Lucy Vincent Beach has uncovered what may be parts of two shipwrecks.

Last Sunday afternoon, Andrew Orcutt of Edgartown and Albany was out walking the shoreline near Wasque and the Norton Point breach. He discovered remnants of what appeared to be a ship in the wash.

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News Update: Tuesday, July 24 - Scallop Boat Runs Aground off East Chop
Mark Alan Lovewell

The 84-foot fishing boat Kris & Amy grounded two miles east of East Chop on Hedge Fence Shoal on Monday afternoon and required the attention of several salvage firms to free her last night.

Senior Chief Jamey Kinney of Coast Guard Sector Woods Hole said that a call came in from the vessel at 12:55 p.m. that she had run aground in 11 feet of water. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole responded. The vessel, a sea scalloper with a blue hull and white superstructure, remained stuck through the afternoon.

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Shipwrecked: Diving Deeply Into Maritime Buried History
Mark Alan Lovewell

The luxury steamship The City of Columbus sleeps deep in the shifting sands at the edge of Devil's Bridge, about a mile from the Gay Head Cliffs. The 275-foot vessel sank more than a century ago in one of the worst maritime disasters to occur in Vineyard waters, and last Sunday, on a clear autumn morning, three divers went down to see her for the first time.

Buried mostly, the ship is a shadow of herself, and only a few on the waterfront know precisely where she sits.

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Sea Scalloper Runs Aground Near Wasque
Mark Alan Lovewell

High seas and gusting winds over the weekend prevented the safe removal of a 71-foot fishing boat that washed onto Norton Point Beach Saturday morning.

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Alabama Schooner Runs Aground in Mystic River
Mark Alan Lovewell

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

The 90-foot schooner Alabama is back in Vineyard waters after having run aground in the Mystic River last Wednesday night.

“There was no visible damage,” said Morgan Douglas of Coastwise Packet yesterday, after divers went below to check the vessel.

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Gazette Chronicle: Saving Graces
Cynthia Meisner

Saving Graces

From Gazette editions of February, 1911:

Capt. Samuel Jackson, of Cuttyhunk, a brother of Capts. Levi and Robert Jackson of this place, did gallant rescue work with his boat and crew, participating with another boat in the saving of 20 lives — a life saving crew whose boat had capsized and the crew of the Barkentine Stephen G. Hart, ashore on the ledge of Sow and Pigs.

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Lobster Boat Rescue Averts Large Oil Spill
Julia Wells

After nearly two days of foundering in the surf near a remote coastline in Aquinnah with hundreds of gallons of fuel on board, the Sherry Ann, a 46-foot offshore lobster boat out of Westport, was freed from her unwanted rocky berth and towed to a nearby salvage barge Thursday afternoon.

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News Update: Thursday, July 12 - Work Begins to Remove Fuel from Grounded Lobster Boat Off Aquinnah

Salvage work began off a remote beach in Aquinnah Thursday morning to remove some 800 gallons of fuel from a 46-foot Wesport lobster boat that went aground late Tuesday night.

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