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Harbor islet with gruesome past claims another victim: Provincetown ferry

Passenger evacuation. Photo by Josua Bottoni via Hingham Weather

Passenger evacuation. Photo by Joshua Bottoni via Hingham Weather.

WCVB reports a Provincetown-bound ferry with 149 passengers aboard ran aground this morning near Nix's Mate, a tiny island 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.

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Obviously, anthropogenic global warming caused by all those carbon-based ships. (Wait, what?.......)

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But, no, not rising sea levels - decades of digging it up for ballast for outbound ships.

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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

Wait... you can do that? Hmmm....

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We an do a test run with climate change deniers and other cultural ballast.

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I am so stealing this for use on the intertoobs' interboobs

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...but, our climate is always 'changing'. It's a perfectly natural occurrence.

The 'Global Warming' [er, sorry, climate change] true believers have been joined by many financial and political hucksters, and has been almost completely co-opted by big business financial interest looking to make $ off the 'Green' movement / economy. Scientists and industry professionals know wind and solar are and have been duds, but the government [taxpayer] is still dumping tons of $ down the drain [well actually, into a few 'green' insiders and big business interests], while demonizing natural gas and nuclear, both of which are superior energy sources compared to wind and solar.

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Looks like they'll have to start using Duck Boats.

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Aboard the Salacia, a much larger vessel than the Provincetown III used by Bay State Cruises. My friends and I got to MacMillan Wharf for our boat at about 10:00, where the 150 plus people waiting for the 10:30 Bay State Cruises were told that their boat wasn't coming. Boston Harbor Cruises honored the tickets held by Bay State Cruises' passengers and they were able to get everybody aboard (according to what I overheard, there were about 280 booked for the Salacia, which has a capacity of about 600), with a slight delay. When we passed the Provincetown III, she was high and dry at low tide, and apparently off course. The ferries normally take a route through The Narrows, the channel that runs between Gallops, Georges and Lovells Islands and is north of Nix's Mate. The Provincetown III for some reason, was just southwest of Nix's Mate, between Long and Gallops Islands. It looked like they were trying to west and then between Georges Island and Hull (which I have seen them do before).

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The ferries normally take a route through The Narrows, the channel that runs between Gallops, Georges and Lovells Islands and is north of Nix's Mate. The Provincetown III for some reason, was just southwest of Nix's Mate, between Long and Gallops Islands. It looked like they were trying to west and then between Georges Island and Hull

As nicely illustrated here.
(h/t David Kaye)

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in Boston Harbor again?

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