NEWPORT, Rhode Island – A sail to Block Island proved dramatic when a major squall line approached the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship on July 27 and lightning poured down around the ship. In one big, bright, blast, the ship’s electronics and engine power were lost. The subsequent evaluation has included multiple dives on the hull, through-hull inspections, examinations of the rig for melting, charring or damage of any kind, and thorough investigation of damage to the top mast, running rigging, standing rigging, shackles, mauzings, ironwork, lightning rod, and lightning wire. The tall ship was hoisted out of the water Monday, August 18 at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island to investigate the total impact of the incident.
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