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Bridge Closed After Sailboat Runs Aground

A bridge across the Bass River is closed on Wednesday evening after a sailboat ran aground outside the channel.

A view of the Hall-Whitaker bridge on Bridge Street, in the closed position, during some previous bridge construction work. Credit: Bobby Gates
A view of the Hall-Whitaker bridge on Bridge Street, in the closed position, during some previous bridge construction work. Credit: Bobby Gates

The Hall-Whitaker Bridge in Beverly is closed on Wednesday evening until a sailboat that ran aground can be freed.

Beverly Police said in a Facebook post at about 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday that the bridge "is stuck in the open position," meaning that boats can pass through but it is closed to vehicles.

The bridge carries Bridge Street over the Bass River and connects the downtown area (near Moynihan Lumber and Bowl-0-Mat) to the Ryal Side neighborhood.

"A sailboat is aground outside of the channel preventing the bridge from closing," police said. "The bridge will remain open until the sailboat is removed."

Low tide is scheduled to occur at about 9:30 p.m. while high tide is at about 3:15 a.m. on Thursday. The depth of the river is largely dependent on the tides. The bridge clearance is 3 feet at low tide and 10 feet at low tide, according to the Bass Haven Yacht Club, which is upriver from the bridge.

Susanne Hurley July 02, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Idiot, dont know the size of your mast and the size between the bridge and low tide ? No wonder you ran aground.
Pat St. Pierre July 03, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Pretty sure he knew the height at of the mast and the required clearance. His mast didn't hit the bridge he ran aground in the mud on an outbound tide.

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