Winthrop, MA, Fireboat Pinned Under Dock
April 1, 2013
BostonHerald.com: The Winthrop [Massachusetts] Fire Boat “Sentinel,” a 32’ former U.S. Coast Guard boat whose storied career included escorting Old Ironsides across Boston Harbor, appears to have taken its final cruise this morning [April 1] to Davy Jones’ Locker thanks to a freak accident and an act of God, the town’s fire chief said.
“It’s possible that the boat could be totaled. Its illustrious career has ended in Winthrop,” Chief Paul E. Flanagan told the Herald.
After months of fending off hurricanes, blizzards and nor’easters at its dock in Winthrop Harbor, the half-century-old Whaler—which Flanagan said has been largely maintained with public donations—was done in by the tide, which trapped the Sentinel under the town pier, flooding its engine with corrosive salt water.
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