Vinalhaven ferry strikes ledge

By Stephen Betts | Jun 03, 2010
Photo by: Elaine Austin Crossman The Everett Libby is docked at the Maine State Ferry Service terminal in Vinalhaven the morning of June 3.

Vinalhaven — A backup ferry heading for Rockland from Vinalhaven the morning of June 3 struck a ledge, forcing it to return to port.

There were no injuries, according to the U.S. Coast Guard office in Portland.

The 104-foot, 198-gross-ton Everett Libby left Vinalhaven on the regularly scheduled 8:45 a.m. trip to Rockland. The ferry struck the ledge not long after leaving the island. The 15-mile trip to Rockland normally takes one hour and 15 minutes.

There were 38 people aboard the ferry when the mishap occurred.

Fog was thick in Penobscot Bay at the time of the incident.

Ferry Service Manager Jim MacLeod said the vessel, operated by Capt. David Weferling, had left Vinalhaven and was making a right turn at Norton Point. The passage is narrow there and with the thick fog, MacLeod said, it appears the captain made too wide a turn.

The vessel's port propeller and rudder struck the ledge. The vessel was able to get back to the Vinalhaven terminal on its own power, he said.

The normal ferries for the Vinalhaven to Rockland run are the Capt. Charles Philbrook and the Governor Curtis, according to the Maine State Ferry Service's Web site. June 3 was the final day of the Everett Libby being used for the run with the Governor Curtis scheduled to return to service June 4.

The Governor Curtis was sent out and picked up passengers at 1 p.m. June 3.

The Coast Guard escorted the Everett Libby back to Rockland with no passengers. The vessel is at the ferry service terminal in Rockland but will be taken to Rockland Marine for repairs to the propeller blades that are bent and to the rudder, MacLeod said.

The Coast Guard office in Portland said more information would be released and it was still investigating the incident.

The Everett Libby was built in 1960, MacLeod said.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Rick Winslow | Jun 03, 2010 12:22

The photo here is from April of 1963.

Posted by: Rick Winslow | Jun 03, 2010 12:12

The "Everett Libby" was NOT built in 1967. Try 1959. It was one of the original 3 built in Port Deposit, Maryland. The "North Haven", "Everett Libby", and "William Silsby" (now the "Monhegan") were all in that original package. The "Governor Curtis" was the other vessel built later on. I was thinking it came about 1974 though..

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