Life Beyond Boating  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

Rogue Aground
Friday, February 26, 2010

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Leaving Marblehead today, I came across Rogue, a Jenneau 36 with Boston as its homeport, washed up on the rocks along the Lafayette Street seawall in Salem, just over the Forest River bridge. This area for quite a way out is extremely shallow.

This event wasn't surprising after yesterday's weather and last night's near if not hurricane force winds out of the east-northeast. Branches and limbs are down all around, everything not battened down -- like our trash barrels -- were blown helter-skelter. Chip Ahoy fared well under its secured tarps, but a trap was blown off the wood racks across the lot. The wind was so strong it blew out the shrink-wrapped plastic over my air-conditioner inside my office window -- a first ever.

If the torrential rain had instead been snow, according to the experts, we'd have received about two feet of wet, heavy white stuff.

Apparently Rogue broke free from its mooring out in Salem Harbor, where I keep Chip Ahoy moored during sailing season (see top photo on right). Apparently also, its owner left it on its mooring for the winter, never too smart.

At low tide, when I took these photos, Rogue looked to be still seaworthy. Someone had at least put out fenders to keep the hull off the rock seawall. I heard from some of the onlookers and firemen who'd gathered, that the plan was for a marine salvage company to arrive at high tide at 9:17 pm this evening and attempt to refloat Rogue. That 9.3 foot tide is down from its 10.3 foot high this morning. It'll rise to 10.7 feet tomorrow morning at 9:35.

The massive winter storm replete with hurricane-force wind gusts and torrential downpours slammed Cape Ann's towns as well as Gloucester under the cover of darkness, leaving thousands of Rockport, Manchester and Essex residents with fallen trees, collapsed power lines, blocked roadways and no power....

The winds lifted and tossed a large container full of banquet tables onto a fence outside the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. Despite the minor damage, SBYC Manager Ron Petoff, who lives across the street from the facility on Atlantic Avenue, said it could've been worse.

"It was quite a gust of wind to move that thing," Petoff said, yesterday. "We were very lucky."

A weather station at the yacht club measured winds at between 70 and 80 miles per hour, Petoff said, with an 87 mile-per-hour gust recorded in Gap Cove, he added.

The Gloucester Daily Times
Friday, February 26, 2010
Rockport, other towns are hit hard by storm

The east-facing shoreline fared the worst of the storm, as winds reportedly as high as 87 mph swept off the Atlantic and buffeted the large houses and motels from Gloucester's back shore to Pigeon Cove in Rockport....

In Gloucester Harbor, three commercial fishing boats were blown from their berths and were retrieved by the Coast Guard between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Gloucester Daily Times
Friday, February 26, 2010
Picking up the pieces

A storm headed north along the mid-Atlantic coast hit Massachusetts yesterday, and meteorologists expect it to bring both coastal and inland flooding as melting snow and rain continues to cause rivers to swell and heavy wind-driven seas to batter the shoreline....

A coastal flood warning was in effect from the New Hampshire border down to Boston, and a flood advisory was issued from Boston down to the Cape and Islands through this morning, Dunham said.

Waves as high as 22 feet were expected during high tide last night. In addition, 2- to 3-foot storm surges and beach erosion are likely as the storm moves west and comes back toward the coast again, Simpson said.

A high winds advisory was also in effect last night with wind gusts reaching 55 to 60 miles per hour and making road conditions perilous. Strong winds were expected overnight, with wind speeds dropping off significantly today and gusts only occasionally reaching 25 to 30 miles per hour by morning, Dunham said.

The Boston Globe
Friday, February 26, 2010
Flooding concerns as storm pelts region
Watch in effect; rivers, coastline the main worry


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