Sailboat high, dry on Fourth of July

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A 35-foot sailboat became stranded on the rocky shore of an area of the park known as Wonderland on the night of July 4.

Wonderland is between Seawall and Bass Harbor Head.

The sailboat is a Hinckley Pilot named Seal. Its home port is Southwest Harbor, according to the lettering on its stern, but the name of its owner has not yet been confirmed.


The boat hauled off Monday and was towed by a Charles Bradley Construction barge to the Hinckley Company boat yard in Southwest Harbor.

It isn’t known how many people were on the boat or how it came to rest on Wonderland’s granite ledge.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search after hearing a distress call from the vessel.

“We heard a Mayday over the radio, and then we heard a lot of traffic, but nobody would get back on the radio to tell us what was going on,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll, a public affairs officer in the Coast Guard’s Northeast District office in Boston.

“We launched a 29-foot response boat [from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor] and a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod. They searched for about six hours [Thursday] night and then for about an hour and a half [Friday] morning.

“It turns out they got to shore and were fine,” Groll said of those on the sailboat. “But they didn’t call to tell anybody they were OK.”

She said follow-up communication is important.

“If you call the Coast Guard on the radio and then find yourself safe and you don’t need us anymore, don’t be embarrassed,” she said. “Just call and let us know so that we don’t launch unnecessary searches when our crews could be saved for a person who is actually in distress.”



Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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