Last updated: 04:06 PM ET, Mon August 15 2016

Small Cruise Ship Strikes Three Vessels in Boston Harbor

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 15, 2016

Small Cruise Ship Strikes Three Vessels in Boston Harbor

Photo via Twitter/Evan Kirstel

The United States Coast Guard announced that a small cruise ship struck three other vessels in Boston Harbor Saturday morning due to an engine malfunction.

According to, the Boston Harbor Cruises ship Regency was filled with passengers when an engine problem resulted in the vessel being unable to slow down. Witnesses claim they saw thick, black smoke pouring from Regency as the captain reportedly tried to reverse engines when pulling into Long Wharf pier.

The captain of Regency lost control and struck the Codzilla speedboat before getting stuck between a whale-watching boat and a water taxi. The passengers onboard Regency waited on the ship until firefighters rescued them, and there were no injuries reported.

Boston Harbor Cruises released a statement saying that it was an “air control actuator in one of the vessel's four engines” that caused the malfunction which resulted in the crash.

In terms of damage, Regency suffered two broken windows, and the stern of the Codzilla vessel had visible damage. While officials determined Regency and Codzilla would require repairs, the other two boats involved were deemed seaworthy.

Evan Kirstel shared an image of the crash on Twitter:

“It looked like the captain had no control,” witness Rick Natale told about the accident. “Once it started hitting the boats, that's when they started screaming. They saw there was a problem.”

The incident is undergoing a full investigation.


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