Tall Ship Tour Runs Aground Near Statue of Liberty

Mike Schuler
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September 22, 2014

Photo courtesy Manhattan by Sail

All 121 passengers aboard a 158-foot tall ship had to be rescued Saturday after the vessel ran aground and got stuck near the Statue of Liberty.

According to a report the Associated Press, the steel-hulled Clipper City “hit something soft, like mud or a shoal” on Saturday afternoon just off Liberty Island, causing the vessel to become stuck. No damage, injuries or pollution was reported, but all 121 passengers needed to be ferried to shore by nine small boats from the Coast Guard and local fire and police departments. The vessel was refloated with help from a tugboat at high tide, the report said.

The Clipper City is operated by Manhattan by Sail. The tall ship was constructed in the mid 1980’s as a replica of 19th century schooners built to transport lumber. The sailing vessel can accomodate 134 passengers and sails out of Battery Park.

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