The sloop Providence, a 1976 built replica of the Continental Navy sloop of the same name, was blown off her jack stands while on shore at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island on Tuesday in blizzard conditions. The ship was dis-masted and suffered hull damage when she fell over in winds reported to be gusting up to 60 mph. Thorpe Leeson, the sloop’s owner, told the Associated Press that extra supports were added beneath the ship as a precaution for the storm, but they failed in the high winds.
The Providence is a replica of a Continental Navy sloop built in 1775 and which was commanded by Abraham Whipple, John Paul Jones and John Rathbun, among others. The Providence sank or captured 40 British ships during the war. The replica Providence is 61′ long on deck and 110′ long overall and has a fiberglass hull. She has appeared in a variety of roles in several movies including two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
A video of the ship in happier days.
Thanks to Juan Corradi and Robert Kennedy for contributing to this post.