Tour Ship Runs Aground by Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) -
A Coast Guard rescue boat on Saturday assists with the evacuation of passengers from the Clipper City, near Liberty Island. (Coast Guard/Brad Haines)
A Coast Guard rescue boat on Saturday assists with the evacuation of passengers from the Clipper City, near Liberty Island. (Coast Guard/Brad Haines)

A 120-foot-tall schooner ran aground and got stuck in shallow waters near the Statue of Liberty on Saturday afternoon, officials said. No injuries were reported and the 121 tourists on board were ferried in small boats to a lower Manhattan marina.

The Clipper City, a 158-foot-long steel-hulled boat that has six sails, two topsails and two steel masts, “hit something soft, like mud or a shoal” and ran aground off Liberty Island just after 1 p.m., said Thomas Berton, owner of Manhattan by Sail, which operates the tall tourist ship.

The original Clipper City was built in 1854 and was designed to carry lumber. It was decommissioned in 1890 but underwent multiple restorations since then, and has been making daily trips from the South Street Seaport since then, the website said.