Water Music went under for no apparent reason. A 23-foot sunken sailboat in Menemsha harbor was hauled up on Wednesday morning by a crew that included Menemsha Coast Guard, the town harbor master and the captain of a fishing boat and his mates.

Sailboat raised from bottom of Menemsha harbor

Sailboat raised from bottom of Menemsha harbor

Chet Wisniewski, 88, of Menemsha, said his sailboat, called Water Music, sank at noon in its slip on Saturday for no apparent reason.

A number of people were involved in the effort to raise the boat, including Alec Gale, who owns the 55-foot Jane Lee, a commercial sea clammer and summer fish transport boat. The Jane Lee is equipped with a powerful hydraulic lift which was used to pull up the sailboat by her stern. A diver and team of Coast Guardsmen with a pump worked to dewater the vessel. Harbor master Dennis Jason also assisted.

“I don’t think I am going sailing for the rest of the season,” Mr. Wisniewski said as he watched it all happen.

with permission, MV Gazette
By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL