The hull of Katie Grace shows damage after being blown ashore in high winds on Monday. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Vessel grounds in high winds

BAR HARBOR — The ferry Katie Grace broke loose from its mooring during high winds on Monday and ran aground on the flats in front of the Maine Seacoast Mission here.

A time-lapse video from a webcam at the Wonderview Inn shows the vessel swinging on its mooring just off College of the Atlantic about noon and then being pushed south by wind out of the northeast at a rapid rate towards shore.

According to Harbormaster Charlie Phippen, the boat’s crew was able to board the vessel and back it off the beach shortly after the grounding. It went ashore right around dead low tide.

Katie Grace suffered damage to its propeller, as well as scrapes and paint-loss to the bright yellow hull.

Katie Grace was brought to the Bar Harbor Harbor Town Pier for inspection by a diver and remained there Tuesday morning.

It had been used this summer by Frenchman Bay Research Boating to provide ferry service between COA and the marina at Winter Harbor near the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park.

According to Phippen, the boat was slated to be hauled for the winter soon anyway. Service was cancelled at the end of last week due to mechanical issues, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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