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Local Waters January 2012

Concord Point Lighthouse

Concord Point Lighthouse was built of local granite in 1827 where the Susquehanna River meets the tidal flow of Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Md. It is the northernmost and second-oldest lighthouse on the Bay. Automated in 1920, it was decommissioned in 1975 and restored in the early ’80s by Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse. The 30-foot tower and keeper’s dwelling are open to the public on weekends from April to October. The beacon is not an active aid to navigation.



Q&A DSC Alerts

What should I do if I accidentally trigger a digital selective calling alert?

A boater who initiates an unnecessary search, even accidentally, potentially faces civil and criminal penalties, fines and reimbursement of search costs.



Race deaths raise questions about safety

Big Thunder Motorsports, a 46-foot Skater, went airborne in a violent and fatal crash at the Key West Super Boat World Championships.Three powerboat racers died this fall at the Key West World Championships in the deadliest race in the 31-year history of the event.

Robert M. Morgan, 74, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., a world powerboat champion in 1998 and 2001, and Jeffrey Tillman, 47, of Kaiser, Mo., died when their 46-foot Skater catamaran, Big Thunder Motorsports — an unlimited super boat — blew over backward Nov. 9 in the harbor at Key West during the first day of racing.



Investigation to look at canopies

Big Thunder Motorsports was doing around 130 mph when it blew over.With three dead at the Key West championships this year, questions of safety in Super Boat racing have come up, as they often do when tragedy haunts the racecourse.

“I believe there is a safety issue,” says John Connor, a 40-year veteran of powerboat racing who has retired from competition. He is calling for stricter equipment standards for cockpit capsules, in particular, and tougher inspections to weed out non-compliant boats.



Cause of trawler capsize unclear

Southern Marine Towing refloated the DeFever and transported it to a marina in Pickensville, Ala.Moonstruck, a DeFever 43 trawler, capsized and sank Sept. 30 while meeting a tug with barges head-on at an “S” curve on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway north of Pickensville, Ala.

Built in 1979 and registered to David Harris, of Pearl, Miss., the DeFever was downbound just below mile marker 317 when it encountered the 85-footer Chippewa pushing nine barges, says Capt. Shane O’Neal, owner of Southern Marine Towing, which refloated the trawler and towed it 10 miles to Pirate’s Marina Cove in Pickensville.



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