Lost at Sea for 12 Days, Island Captain Returns Mourning Friend, Boat

A three-man sail from Vineyard waters earlier this month ended in tragedy; a loss of a sailor’s life, a dismasting of a two-masted sailboat which was later abandoned, and a dramatic rescue of two in the high seas.

Captain Dennis White, 63, of the 41-foot ketch Emma Goldman, had left the Vineyard on Saturday, Nov. 6 with a crew of two: the captain’s longtime friend William (Willie) Thorns, 64, of Mashpee and his 25-year-old daughter, Amanda Thorns.

News Update: Thursday, Dec. 22 - SSA Freight and Lobster Boat Collide

There were no injuries and no damage following a brief collision between the freight ferry Katama and a Vineyard lobster boat on Wednesday afternoon, the Steamship Authority said in a statement.

In an e-mail to the Gazette Thursday morning, SSA general manager Wayne Lamson wrote:

Boat Abandoned in Nantucket Turns up in Spain

Be careful what goes into the sea. It isn’t always gone.

Authorites in Spain have recovered the remains of a 26-foot fiberglass recreational boat floating in the waters off Spain. The boat, called Queen Bee, has been traced back to the waters of Nantucket and a boating accident that happened three and a half years ago.