Winds as high as 60 mph and big waves ripped dozens of boats from their moorings last week in Chicago's Monroe Harbor.
Several boats were reduced to flotsam after repeated slamming against a seawall during a storm that began Wednesday evening and continued into early Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Authorities estimated that the storm damaged 20 boats and destroyed about seven more. The harbor's lack of protection from the weather makes boats on moorings easy targets when the wind picks up and waves build, according to the Tribune report.
Photos from the Chicago Sun-Times website show a mix of sunken power- and sailboats — along with life jackets, cushions, mooring balls and other debris — scattered along the shore of Lake Michigan after the storm. Other boats were bunched against a seawall, and photos show masts and outboard lower units sticking out of the water. The boats appear to be about 20 to 35 feet.
Police Marine Unit Sgt. Ray Mazzola has worked in the harbor for 33 years, and he said the damage was as bad as he has seen since a 1984 storm that sank a dozen boats, according to the Tribune report.