Ferry owner says wave smashed through windshield

Passengers got off the Provincetown ferry that was disabled after being hit by a large wave.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Passengers got off the Provincetown ferry that was disabled after being hit by a large wave.

The owners of the Provincetown IV ferry that became stranded 5 miles off the coast of Scituate said Thursday the vessel was hammered by a wave that smashed through the windshield in the front of the boat and led to a brief engine shutdown.

The Bay State Cruise Co. said it will examine the electronic systems on the boat and the Coast Guard will inspect the repairs needed to allow the Provincetown IV to resume its trips. Bay State said a nearby weather buoy recorded sea heights of 5.2 feet at the time the wave struck.

The ferry was carrying 42 passengers around 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday when the wave struck the vessel, deflected off the ship’s bulkhead and broke through the windshield into the pilot house, the company said.


No passengers were injured. The ferry’s captain sustained a cut to his hand that needed one stitch to repair, the company said, and he rejoined the ferry crew Wednesday night to help with repairs.

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The Coast Guard sent an 87-foot cutter and a 47-foot motorized lifeboat to help after the ferry reported a loss of propulsion, officials said.

Within 20 minutes of the Coast Guard’s arrival, the ferry was able to start its starboard engine, accompanied by the Coast Guard, officials said.

The company said the engine that had become disabled when the wave struck was brought back on line after it reached the dock in Boston.

The Coast Guard is also investigating the incident, conducting interviews with the captain and crew and determining the cause of the engine failure and other damage, officials said.

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