Damaged Dinner Cruise Ship Fixed, Cruising Again

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File photo of a coast guard boat patrolling the area near the sinking of a dinner cruise ship. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a coast guard boat patrolling the area near the sinking of a dinner cruise ship. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNAPEE, N.H. (AP) — A dinner cruise ship that partially sank while docked at New Hampshire’s Sunapee Harbor has been fixed in time for its inaugural cruise of the summer season.

The MV Kearsarge headed back out Monday night for its sunset cruise on Lake Sunapee.

The ship’s owners said a hole the size of a pencil eraser led to the boat sinking on Lake Sunapee in January.

“When I came over the whole stern was down,” Tim Fenton, Kearsarge co-owner, told WMUR-TV. (http://bit.ly/171WjPE). “It was definitely a huge shock and something we weren’t expecting at all.”

The ship has been in service since 1980. Over the last few weeks, it underwent about $125,000 in improvements, adding new engines, electrical and plumbing systems, woodworking, and carpet.

“So many people were here to offer their support when the boat had its issue at the dock and even through the recovery process, with people offering to volunteer and help out in any way they can,” Fenton said. Our staff has been amazing, too, in terms of just wanting to do whatever it can to make the boat ready. It’s definitely a part of the community, and we love that. We are just really happy to be here.”

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