WINTER HARBOR — The 48-foot Katie Grace, one of two seasonal ferries taking passengers from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor and back, was vandalized last week but returned to service Wednesday, June 15.
Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald said the ferry, which is owned by a nonprofit headed by Kaitlyn Mullen, reported June 10 that the damage was believed to have occurred the day before.
The damage, according to MacDonald, included a severed electrical wire leading to the emergency radio, bolts loosened on the transmission, water in the fuel tank and pulled air handlers.
The bright yellow vessel began ferrying passengers this summer from the Schoodic Marine Center on Sargent Street to the College of the Atlantic pier.
Mullen is captain of the Katie Grace and executive director of Frenchman Bay Research Boating, which is conducting the research as the vessel crisscrosses the bay.
Winter Harbor Police Officer Phil Sargent said he believed the boat was on a mooring at the Schoodic Marine Center when the mischief occurred.
“The boat has been down since Friday (June 10),” he said.
A second ferry taking passengers between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor is operated by Downeast Windjammer Cruises.