North Star (ex Bonaventure)
Depth: 100 feet
Length: 55 feet Breadth: 20-25 feet
Depth of Hold: N/A
Tonnage: 45 gross tons
Built: 1967, eastern rig dragger, Portland, Maine
Port of Registry: USA
Owner: Royal K. Lowell
Date Lost: August 28, 2003
Sunk By: Capsize Survivors: 2 out of 2
Data Collected on Site: Scuba diver photography
Significance: This former recreational diving site is no longer available for use due to damage from fishing activity.
North Star was fragmented into three pieces during its sinking. The vessel's hull was at the dive site's north end. Separated by 100 feet, its clam dredge sat at the site's southeast corner. Its deck machinery was positioned due west of the clam dredge, still connected by its towing cable. The shipwreck sat on a sandy bottom that was actively fished. It appears that scallop gear may have significantly moved and damaged the pieces of the wreck.
North Star's Former Coordinates:
42-23.052 N x 70-21.343 W
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, had installed a subsurface mooring on this shipwreck, which is no longer available.
Based in Gloucester, North Star actively fished in Massachusetts Bay until disaster struck on August 28, 2003. As North Star's crew lifted its clam dredge aboard, the vessel heeled over and began to capsize. The two crew members onboard escaped before the vessel sank but were forced to swim in the cold ocean. Fortunately, the vessel Half Fast was nearby and came to their rescue. A Coast Guard rescue boat met the Half Fast as it carried the fishermen towards Cape Cod and brought the men into Provincetown's dock for medical care. The Coast Guard incident report determined that the weight of clams already onboard coupled with the weight of the clams in the dredge caused the vessel to roll over.