Harbor islet with gruesome past claims another victim: Provincetown ferry
WCVB reports a Provincetown-bound ferry with 149 passengers aboard ran aground this morning near Nix's Mate, a tiny island with a lighthouse five miles from shore.
Joshua Bottoni, who was on the Provincetown III ferry, reported passengers were transferred to the Provincetown II ferry for the trip back to downtown. He also posted a photo of the Coast Guard coming to the rescue, and says the ship's rudders were stuck in a sandbar. There were no injuries, Brian D'Amico reports.
In colonial days, authorities would take the bodies of hanged pirates and then hang them again from a pole - or "gibbet" them - on the island as a warning to people thinking of careers as dread pirates. The most infamous was William Fly, who fixed the knot his hangman had tied in his noose.
More photos and account by Kevin Konikowski: