Winter Harbor-to-Bar Harbor ferry vandalized



Marine Patrol Officer Richard Derboghosian Jr. investigates damage to the Winter Harbor-to-Bar Harbor ferry, Katie Grace, which is alleged to have been vandalized.

Marine Patrol Officer Richard Derboghosian Jr. investigates damage to the Winter Harbor-to-Bar Harbor ferry, Katie Grace, which is alleged to have been vandalized.

WINTER HARBOR — The 48-foot Katie Grace, one of two seasonal ferries taking passengers from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor and back, was vandalized last week but returned to service Wednesday, June 15.

Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald said the ferry, which is owned by a nonprofit headed by Kaitlyn Mullen, reported June 10 that the damage was believed to have occurred the day before.

The damage, according to MacDonald, included a severed electrical wire leading to the emergency radio, bolts loosened on the transmission, water in the fuel tank and pulled air handlers.

The bright yellow vessel began ferrying passengers this summer from the Schoodic Marine Center on Sargent Street to the College of the Atlantic pier.

Mullen is captain of the Katie Grace and executive director of Frenchman Bay Research Boating, which is conducting the research as the vessel crisscrosses the bay.

Winter Harbor Police Officer Phil Sargent said he believed the boat was on a mooring at the Schoodic Marine Center when the mischief occurred.

“The boat has been down since Friday (June 10),” he said.

A second ferry taking passengers between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor is operated by Downeast Windjammer Cruises.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]