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The Nation

A Coast Guard report conducted two years ago questioned the stability of the ill-fated schooner Pride of Baltimore. “It’s readily apparent to me that the Pride of Baltimore--even with only a paid crew on board--should never have sailed offshore with that rig,” said William Peterson, a naval architect whose study of the Pride’s stability characteristics agreed with the Coast Guard’s 1984 report. Four people died when the Pride capsized and sank May 14 in a freak squall north of Puerto Rico.


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