December 4, 2023

Native Information

The Grace Bailey was coming back from a four-day cruise when its mainmast broke a few mile east of Rockland Harbor.

The Grace Bailey’s mainmast broke off the coast of Rockland, Maine, on Monday. Kurt Schleicher by way of AP

A historic schooner’s mast broke whereas crusing off the coast of Maine Monday, killing a girl and injuring three others, in line with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Grace Bailey was crusing a few mile east of Rockland Harbor carrying 33 folks when its mast broke and fell onto the deck, the Coast Guard mentioned in a press launch. The incident triggered 4 folks, who haven’t been recognized, to endure head and again accidents.

A Grace Bailey crewmember referred to as the Coast Guard for assist about 10 a.m., and the company despatched a lifeboat to help, the Coast Guard mentioned. Once they arrived, Coast Guard members took a girl to shore, the place awaiting EMS personnel pronounced her lifeless.

The lifeboat returned to the Grace Bailey with two EMS personnel to get the three different injured folks, the Coast Guard mentioned. They had been then taken to Pen Bay Medical Heart in Rockport.

The opposite three victims are being handled for non-life-threatening accidents, the Grace Bailey’s homeowners and captain mentioned in a press launch. The schooner’s mainmast skilled “an sudden and catastrophic failure,” they mentioned, however they don’t know what triggered it. 

The Coast Guard mentioned it’s investigating what triggered the mast to interrupt.

The Grace Bailey crusing off the coast of Maine. – Tracy Sheppard

The Grace Bailey was coming back from a four-day cruise when the incident occurred, the schooner’s captain and homeowners mentioned.

“My crew and I are devastated by this morning’s accident, particularly because the security of our friends is all the time our largest precedence. Most significantly, we’re past heartbroken that we misplaced a pricey good friend. Our whole crew extends our love and help to the relations and to everybody affected by this tragedy,” Captain Sam Sikkema mentioned within the launch.

One Grace Bailey passenger, who requested to not be recognized, advised The Courier-Gazette the wind was not robust and the schooner had not made any sharp tacks when the mast broke. It “demasted out of nowhere,” the passenger advised the newspaper. “Horrible. Actually stunning.” 

The Grace Bailey, which was identified for a time because the “Mattie,” was in-built 1882 and was initially designed to hold lumber, in line with its web site. The schooner was later restored, and the Maine Windjammer Affiliation now provides cruises and personal charters on it. 

The Grace Bailey is partially owned by actor Marc Evan Jackson, who is thought for his roles on the TV exhibits “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn 9-9.”