Update: Westward is secured to a U.S. Coast Guard mooring in the inner harbor. Both Coast Guard and local Harbormaster Nick Upham said they are trying to reach owner James Sheehy.
Original story: The 136-foot Dutch-built trawler, F/V Westward, broke loose from its harbor mooring during Friday morning’s high winds, drifted toward and ran aground near Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, and Fuller Marine Services has secured the vessel to either bring it into Wotton’s Wharf at Signal Point or put it back on its mooring.
As of 10:30 a.m., Fuller Marine had towed Westward out into deeper water and onlookers on the shore were trying to make out how he was going to get the vessel situated in the wind to safely bring it to Wotton’s.
Westward broke from its mooring once before, on Oct. 17, 2013, and lobsterman Bill Hallinan was able to save it from crashing onshore at Signal Point.