Coast Guard Investigates Penobscot Bay, Maine Yacht Crash


The 70-foot sailing yacht Archangel, a charter boat with a homeport of Newport, R.I., hit East Goose Rock in the early afternoon, Aug. 7, went aground, dismasted and rolled onto its side. On Aug. 8, few involved with its rescue and salvage were talking about the recovery, given its status as a marine casualty.

The fiberglass boat was built two years ago, and valued at $2.4 million.

No one was seriously  injured in the collision with the rock, according to U.S. Coast Guard Station Northern New England Chief Matthew Couling and the boat was stabilized by a crew from Wayfarer Marine, who were among the first on the scene. Crews from Coast Guard Station Rockland also assisted.

As of late Wednesday night, a crew from Prock Marine was at the boat, waiting for the return of high tide to float the boat off the rocks and haul it to shore. While the Coast Guard identified the grounding at Goose Rocks, some more familiar with the waters there said the boat went aground on Appledore Ledge, which is close by the rocks.

The eight onboard the boat were transported to Camden, said Couling.

The Archangel hit the rocks between 1 and 2 p.m., while under full sail, said witnesses who were out on the water. The force of the crash caused the mast to fall. Sailors on the water estimated the boat was traveling at six or seven knots. The boat was apparently on a course for North Haven.

High tide was close to noon and the wind was out of the south-southeast, at approximately 10 knots.

Lasell Island lies at the southern end of Islesboro in Penobscot Bay. Sailors say at high tide, the rocks have approximately four feet of water above them. The Archangel, others sailors said, hit the rocks soon after 1 p.m. The Archangel, it is estimated, draws seven feet, six inches.

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Author: Blue Water Sailing