24-Foot Boat Capsized Near City Dock In Annapolis On Independence Day


Around 7:18 p.m. Wednesday, a single-masted sailboat capsized near the mouth of Spa Creek. The Annapolis Fire Department, Annapolis Harbormaster and Natural Resources Police responded to the incident, as spectators waited for the delayed Independence Day fireworks display to begin.

Bear is a modern replica of the 1869 Sandbagger Susie S, one of America’s earliest racing classes.

One person aboard the 27-foot vessel, when it overturned swam to shore, while three others remained behind to attempt to secure and right the capsized boat.

At 7:38 p.m. the boat was righted and towed to a slip at the National Sailing Hall of Fame. No injuries were reported.

Bull & Bear Sailing loaned the boat to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Built in 1997, Bear features an 11-foot six-inch beam, 40-foot mast, a sparred length of 51 feet and three inches and an 18-foot bowspirit.

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