A safe harbor is a happy harbor

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 3:45pm

To the Editor,
If you ever wondered how the island could go through a major storm event with no loss of life and minimal damage to the boats and marine facilities, it is because New Shoreham Harbormaster Kate McConville and the Harbors staff have a robust Hurricane preparedness plan, and they start early to make sure that each resident and visiting boater knows of the danger of a severe storm and does something about it. The Harbors Department worked diligently to encourage boats that could seek shelter elsewhere departed in time and they also helped anchored boats find the best moorings in the safest part of the Pond. During the storm, there were no radio calls for help on the Harbor’s frequency because almost all the boats in the harbor were safely secured. After the storm, the Harbors Department was one of the first on the water to check for damage and to render aid. Because of good planning and execution, little was needed.
Hats off to Harbormaster McConville and her hard-working Harbors Department staff for keeping our harbors safe.

Henry duPont, Director
Block Island Community Sailing, Inc.