Alabama Crew Member Falls to Death on Board Tall Ship Off West Chop

Alabama Crew Member Falls to Death on Board Tall Ship Off West Chop

By MAX HART and JAMES KINSELLA

A crew member working aboard the tall ship Alabama fell to his death on Friday morning while the ship was heading out on a day sail.

Benjamin Sutherland, 18, of Concord, was aloft in the rigging 30 feet up when he apparently slipped and plummeted to the deck below. Emergency responders who were rushed to the boat were unable to revive Mr. Sutherland, who was later pronounced dead at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

Fatal Accident On Alabama: No Violations

A fatal accident aboard the schooner Alabama during a day sail out of Vineyard Haven in the summer of 2006 involved no violation of U.S. Coast Guard regulations, a report by Coast Guard investigators has found.

Alabama Schooner Runs Aground in Mystic River

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

The 90-foot schooner Alabama is back in Vineyard waters after having run aground in the Mystic River last Wednesday night.

“There was no visible damage,” said Morgan Douglas of Coastwise Packet yesterday, after divers went below to check the vessel.