Family members upset over Newburyport fishermen monument

newburyport fishermen memorialA memorial located along the city’s waterfront honoring the lives of fishermen lost at sea has been temporarily moved and partly dismantled, and family members of one of the victims are voicing their complaints over how it was done. Almost 20 years ago, the Newburyport-based Heather Lynn II sank after colliding with a steel tow line that connected a barge to a towboat. The 45-foot-long fishing vessel capsized, and its crew of three drowned. In recognition of the tragedy that took the lives of Jeffrey Hutchins, Kevin Foster and John Michael Lowther, the Heather Lynn II Memorial was erected along the city’s waterfront more than 16 years ago near where the former harbormaster’s shack was located. More recently additional names were added to the memorial to honor Capt. Sean Cone, 24, and Dan Miller, 21, who died when the Newburyport-based Lady Luck sank about 30 miles southeast of Portland, Maine, on Feb. 1, 2007.  The monument was moved a few weeks ago to a weedy edge of the nearby parking lot as work progresses on a new harbormaster facility that also includes amenities for transient boaters. Read the rest here 17:21

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