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Summer nor’easter wreaks harbor havoc

Debris from heavy winds and rain that swept across Martha's Vineyard Monday left at least 2,000 of the Massachusetts islanders without power, roads blocked, dinghies stranded and a charter schooner destroyed.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that called for 25 to 35 miles per hour wind speed averages and gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The ferry operatory first diverted several ferry trips, then cancelled several trip for several hours.

High winds churned up Vineyard Haven Harbor. The severe weather caused the charter sailboat Valora to crash up against the jetty in Vineyard Haven harbor, where it was splintered, leaving only its mast.

"It broke lose in the outer harbor," the harbormaster said of the 36-foot unattended wooden schooner. "It was a beautiful schooner, it's a real shame."

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Meanwhile, the Vineyard remains busy with President Obama taking a family vacation on the island.

Leaders of the recreational and commercial fishing industry are planning a boat protest against federal policies Thursday outside the harbor of Vineyard Haven.

The protest is being organized after a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of federal lawmakers - including the core of the President's congressional base on banking and health care issues - have given up hope of working productively with Obama's top appointee for oceans and fisheries, Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Boats from Gloucester and New Bedford, the hub ports of New England, Point Judith, R.I., and New York and New Jersey are expected, according to Tina Jackson, president of the American Alliance of Fishermen.

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