Emily Anne was North Shore Marine’s trusty tugboat that helped with the restoration of Graves Light in 2014. She sank on February 16, 2016, a couple miles off Graves Light.
Thanks to the quick action of a Boston Harbor pilot boat and a Coast Guard rescue team, the three-man crew was saved from certain death from the 37-degree water.
Both Emily Anne Captain Doug Richmond and the Coast Guard credited pilot Captain Joe Maloney and his crew aboard the Chelsea with rescuing the tugboat crew. The Chelsea had just piloted Emily Anne out of the harbor (see details here).
The sinking caused a brief spike in area gasoline prices as a tanker preparing to enter the North Channel had to wait offshore, when it was uncertain when the channel would be clear.
These photos show the 55-foot Emily Anne in happier times, pushing a spud barge out to Graves Light to repair our dock and pier during the 2014 summer season.
The wreck was located at 42 deg.-22.38N 070 deg.-54.97W, about 160 yards north of North Channel, almost equidistant between Winthrop, Nahant, and Graves Ledge.
When it was located shortly after the sinking, the hull was upside down with bow sticking up about 30 feet from ocean floor, and stern about 15 feet.
Authorities marked with a buoy with a white light. Soon after, the navigation safety restrictions were lifted, meaning large vessels could safely pass through the channel. Salvage operations took place to remove fuel.
Emily Anne was raised and sent to Chelsea to be broken up in June 2016.
Copy the coordinates into Google Maps to find the location: 42 22.38N 070 54.97W