Boat Runs Aground Off Boston

A TowBoatUS boat monitors the 50-foot Wilhelmina after she ran aground on Devil's Back near Deer Island. A Massport Fire crew removed 18 people from the vessel. Coast Guard photo.

August 21, 2010: The Wilhelmina, a 50-foot passenger vessel out of Weymouth, ran aground on Devil’s Back, a well-marked ledge in Boston Harbor about a mile from Deer Island. The grounding took place on Saturday, August 21. A person aboard a nearby vessel called the Coast Guard at 2:37 p.m. to report the grounding.

Grounding Location

Coast Guard stations Boston and Point Allerton, the Winthrop Harbor Master and a Massport Fire boat crew responded. The Massport Fire crew removed 18 people from the vessel, leaving 2 aboard to stay with the boat. No injuries were reported.

The Wilhelmina is a passenger vessel that was hired for a private party. She was later towed to Marina Bay in Quincy, where the boat was dewatered, then towed to Boston Boat Works in East Boston for repairs.
The Wilhelmina is the second large vessel to run aground on Devil’s Back this season. On July 3, the whale watch vessel Massachusetts struck the ledge and nearly sank . Both groundings are being investigated by the Coast Guard.

Emergency Call

Wilhelmina Emergency Call

News Coverage:

Patriot Ledger Article

Video Coverage:

Fox 24 News

WCVB TV Video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qde_xota5-4