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November 13th, 2005
November 13th, 2005

Massive Rig Failure

Pride of Baltimore II - Dismasted in port at Saint-Nazaire, France
Pride of Baltimore II - Dismasted in port at Saint-Nazaire, France
On Monday, September 5, 2005, Pride of Baltimore II experienced a catastrophic rig failure, which also resulted in the collapse of both masts, while sailing in the Bay of Biscay, off the west coast of France.

Miraculously, no one was injured.

I just heard About this and have been scanning through the net for the last hour reeling from it. The images are amazing. The fact that they were able to save all that they did without injury is truly astonishing.

The incident occurred when the Ship was underway during a Squall. The Bowsprit broke About halfway along its length, in turn bringing the Rigging down.  With no support system, the Foremast splintered and collapsed, hitting the Mainmast on the way down.  The wire Rope stays that Secure the Foremast are also fixed to the Mainmast, so it too broke off under the strain of the sea swells About 25 feet above the Deck. The Mainmast then splintered and also came down.  The Captain and crew responded quickly, and due to their excellent seamanship, were able to retrieve much of the materials. They were able to motor the vessel the 80 miles to Saint-Nazaire on the French coast of Biscay Bay where the vessel is now moored and under repair.

Cards or notes of well wishes for the Captains and crew are appreciated and can be sent via email pride2@pride2.org

Latest News Update: http://www.intandem.com/NewPrideSite/ThisWeek.html

If you would like to help them:
http://www.intandem.com/NewPrideSite/RaiseRig.html

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Sailing Under Normal Conditions
Sailing Under Normal Conditions
Working to deal with the fallout
Working to deal with the fallout
Working to deal with the fallout
Working to deal with the fallout
Working to deal with the fallout
Working to deal with the fallout
Debris in the water
Debris in the water
Where it all started
Where it all started

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