Nantucket Barge Takes on Water in Harbor
February 3, 2012
Inquirer and Mirror: A 130-foot barge tied to the Steamship Authority dock in Nantucket Harbor was taking on water Friday morning and by 11 a.m. was partially submerged.
The crew of the barge, owned by the Victor-Brandon Corp., said it arrived in the harbor last night around 7:30 p.m. from New Bedford with a load of dense-grade process stone and the vessel was pounded with strong waves as it tied up at Steamship Wharf. When they realized the barge was taking on water, the Coast Guard was notified.
On Friday morning, an excavator from Reis Trucking was on the scene attempting to salvage the stone, which was destined for an airport construction project.
The Coast Guard is urging mariners to transit the area with extreme caution. With its position on the east end of the wharf, Station Brant Point senior chief Matthew James said Friday morning that the sinking barge would not impact Steamship Authority traffic, and the boat line’s vessels will be able to dock as they normally would.