Salvage of sailing vessel complete; C&D Canal open to all vessel traffic

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A commercial salvage company successfully raised the sailing vessel Heron from the waters of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal at about 11:30 a.m., pumped out the remaining water and placed the vessel on a crane barge.

Following a survey by the Army Corps of Engineers survey boat Shuman, the waterway was determined to be clear of obstruction and was officially re-opened at 1:22 p.m.

The sailing vessel Heron is a 45-foot wooden schooner, homeported in Port Monmouth, N.J., and was built in 1911.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by personnel from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore and the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

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