Boat, Har­bour Grace wharf roughed up in wind­storm

The Compass - - Editorial - Ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A for­mer RCMP ves­sel and the wharf in Har­bour Grace where it was tied up are both in rough shape fol­low­ing a re­cent wind­storm.

On Satur­day, March 11, strong winds and waves pushed a docked ves­sel named Long Way re­peat­edly into the wharf. Mul­ti­ple videos shared on­line through so­cial me­dia over the week­end show waves and wind push­ing the 34-me­tre ship into the wharf.

We did have in­surance — thank god.

— Richard Bal­lott

Phys­i­cal ev­i­dence of the dam­age was con­sid­er­able af­ter the fact, with the ship’s me­tal ex­te­rior bent and twisted. Large pieces of wood along­side the side of the wharf were re­moved com­pletely.

Long Way was launched in 1958 as the RCMP ves­sel Fort Steele. It was trans­ferred to the Naval Re­serves in 1973 and re­named HMCS Fort Steele 140. It also once served as a ferry for the now re­set­tled com­mu­nity of Great Har­bour Deep.

Richard Bal­lott, the cur­rent owner of Long Way, was in Har­bour Grace Tues­day to pump wa­ter out of the ship and re­move it from the har­bour. He lives near Spring­dale and ex­pe­ri­enced some rough wind him­self that day.

“She had punc­tured a hole in sev­eral places on the star­board side,” he told The Com­pass last Wed­nes­day when asked about dam­age to Long Way. “She beat right through the wood on the wharf and started pound­ing into the con­crete.”

Bal­lott said there were no oil spills re­sult­ing from the in­ci­dent and no con­tam­i­nants on board. An in­surance com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive did an assess­ment on both the wharf and ves­sel Tues­day.

“It’s up to the un­der­writ­ers now I guess with ev­ery­thing ba­si­cally,” he said. “We did have in­surance — thank god.”

Ac­cord­ing to a De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans spokesman, DFO Small Craft Har­bours is presently in­ves­ti­gat­ing to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of dam­age caused to the wharf dur­ing the storm. The DFO spokesman said it’s too early to say when or how re­pairs will be car­ried out.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Long Way was tossed re­peat­edly against the wharf in Har­bour Grace last Satur­day dur­ing a se­vere wind­storm.

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