PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Revolutionary War replica tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that’s pounding Rhode Island.
Thorpe Leeson, owner and captain of the Continental Sloop Providence, says Tuesday the 110-foot ship was extensively damaged when it fell on its side overnight at the Newport Shipyard. It was stored there for the winter.READ MORE: Food & Wine Names Best Burgers In Every State: See The Top Picks For New England
Leeson says the mast is broken and the hull is punctured. Extra supports had been added as a precaution but couldn’t sustain the heavy winds.
Leeson vows that the ship will “come back to life.”READ MORE: Gabby Thomas, Mass. Native And Harvard Grad, Sprints To 200 Meter Bronze In Tokyo Olympics
Leeson says he expects insurance to cover the damage, and he plans to get the ship in the water by the end of the summer.
The replica of the USS Providence is the state flagship and tall ship ambassador.MORE NEWS: Phoenix Police Say Foul Play Not Suspected In Death Of Hiker Angela Tramonte Of Saugus
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