Piscataqua River claims another tug

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – In February, the Piscataqua River’s difficult currents almost capsized the Miss Stacy before she was saved by the Eugenia Moran‘s crew. Yesterday, the Benjamin Bailey was not so lucky. While working on the same Memorial Bridge project, the Bailey yesterday capsized and sank, just before noon.

According to reports, the Bailey became wedged up against a barge being used in construction efforts, capsized, and then sank within minutes. No one was injured in the accident. At least two, and possibly three crew members were on board at the time. They are cooperating with the Coast Guard as it investigates the cause of the accident.

The Benjamin Bailey is a 55′, 1,200-hp tug operated by Riverside and Pickering Marine Contractors, Eliot, Maine, and was working under contract with Archer Western Contractors, which is running the Memorial Bridge project here. The boat was resting on the bottom of the river as of this morning, after salvage attempts were called off yesterday evening. It’s unknown how much diesel remains in the fuel tanks, but no leaks had been reported as of this morning.

One local resident managed to get some video of the tug’s sinking, and you can see it here:


WorkBoat will continue to look for updates on this story.

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