One of the world's few remaining wooden sailing ships, the three-master Erewan, has been smashed to pieces on rocks in the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia.
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FORGERON: The barquentine was one of the last for commercial use. She was launched in Sweden in 19737 as a Baltic trader. After nearly thirty years sailing, she was showing off in New York this summer in the parade of tall ships. Now she's being smashed to piece on rocks in the Canso Straits - just thirty miles from the site of the aero disaster. The storm that put a fifty-knot wind into her sails the night she grounded, battered her for two more days as she sat trapped on the shoal. When the weather cleared there was little of the Erewan to be seen. But it wasn't just the storm that led to her end, there was confusion over navigational lights in the Strait.
CREWMAN: Our adventure, or our grounding, proved... proved that there's still a problem there. And the captain got confused by the lights and felt that the midchannel lights were not quite strong enough in comparison to many other lights and beacons around, and in that moment of confusion he ran aground.
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Background: One of the world's few remaining wooden sailing ships, the three-master Erewan, has been smashed to pieces on rocks in the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia. The ship normally plied the Caribbean on charter out of Martinique, but she accepted an invitation to join the race of tall ships to New York during the American bicentennial celebrations. Then it went on to the Great Lakes for a series of courtesy calls, but she was caught in a ferocious storm. Phil Forgeron reports on the end of the Erewan.