Maine Schooner Runs Aground—Again
August 1, 2011
A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station South Portland helped evacuate 49 passengers from the 59’ schooner Wendameen after the vessel ran aground in Casco Bay near Great Diamond Island on Saturday at about 6:00 p.m.
There were no reports of any injuries, and the Wendameen, a 2-masted schooner that takes site-seeing cruises around Casco Bay, was not taking on water.
All passengers were taken from the schooner and loaded onto the Coast Guard motor life boat and a Portland Fire Dept. boat and taken to the State Pier in Portland. The schooner’s crew remained onboard to aid the vessel until it was refloated with the help of a Sea Tow vessel on the next high tide.
Wendameen was involved in another grounding in June of this year in a different location in Casco Bay, but passed a Coast Guard hull survey before being allowed back into service. Coast Guard marine casualty investigators will work to determine the cause of the grounding. In this most recent incident, the vessel ran aground close to low tide.
New England Boating (June 6, 2011) Schooner Wendameen Grounds Off Portland