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The schooner Heron owned by Robert Pulsch collided with a tugboat and sank in the C&D Canal. Everyone was rescued with only minor injuries.
I'm really glad he made it out ok.
I talked to Robert in the past - I have the steel ketch that he built prior to purchasing and restoring Heron.
I can see how I'd end up in a similar situation - on my big cruise from Annapolis down the ICW to the Gulf coast and up the Tenn-Tom, I got caught out after dark on a number of occasions despite prior planning. In some cases this was because I was pressed for time, in others not liking the anchorage I had so I continued on. And in still others I was just trying to get to a particular spot before dropping anchor.
On a cruise I took in 1997 up to Mystic for the Woodenboat show, the skipper really took time to study the tide tables and time our arrival at the C&D canal at the proper time for the tide to help us. We even motored when that would give us only 1/2 knot over sailing in order to get there in time.
I'll just wait for the facts to come out with a great deal of interest.