Ferry returns to Boston after brief loss of power

The Provincetown IV, right, was escorted into port by Coast Guard vessels.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Provincetown IV, right, was escorted into port by Coast Guard vessels.

A Boston-bound ferry from Provincetown carrying 42 people was briefly disabled about 5 miles off the coast of Scituate on Wednesday when the vessel was struck by a large wave, US Coast Guard officials said.

Operators on board the Provincetown IV ferry, owned by the Bay State Cruise Company, reported the incident, which disabled the boat’s generator, around 4:10 p.m., officials said.


The company could not be reached for comment.

“The boat sort of tips down into the water, almost as if it was going to flip over,” said passenger Ariel Shrum, 22, of Boston, describing what happened when the wave hit. Shrum, a Berklee College of Music student, was returning from a family vacation on Cape Cod.

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The Coast Guard sent a 47-foot motor life boat and an 87-foot cutter to assist the ferry, and the generator was restored, allowing the boat to continue to the dock in the Seaport District, where it arrived around 7 p.m.

Boston EMS transported one person from the ferry to Massachusetts General Hospital, EMS spokeswoman McKenzie Ridings said. No further information on the injury was available Wednesday night.

Despite initial panic aboard the ferry, the delay afforded several passengers the chance to soak up some impromptu entertainment.


Shrum, a professional magician who also plays trumpet for local soul rock band The Interlopers, happened to have his instrument with him.

To help calm his fellow passengers, Shrum played his trumpet.

“I played a lot of ocean-themed stuff,” he said. “I played ‘Jaws,’ actually, just as a joke.”

Jim Davis of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Todd Feathers can be reached at Rachel Riley can be reached at
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