August 29, 2010: According to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the big nor’easter of August 22-24 claimed a 36-foot wooden schooner that operated in the charter business out of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard. The Valora parted from her mooring in outer Vineyard Haven Harbor and went ashore on the harbor breakwater Monday afternoon, despite efforts to save her. No one was aboard at the time. The schooner took a fearsome beating against the breakwater rocks, and observers expected she would be declared a total loss.
Ben Eriksen, captain of the vessel, said it was a hard day for everyone associated with the schooner. He said the weather came from the worst possible direction for the outer harbor, where Valora was on a mooring. “The forecast was 25 to 30 knots, with an easterly component,” Mr. Eriksen said. “That turned out to be 35 to 45 knots northeasterly. We’re just going to move forward and get the clean up organized for tomorrow.”