UPDATE: Partially Submerged Civilian Craft Removed from Patuxent River

April 2, 2019

UPDATE 4/2/2019: The U.S. Coast Guard this past week used a crane barge to remove a sunken abandoned vessel that was polluting the Patuxent River, and causing a hazard to boating navigation.

9/4/2018: On August 21, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officer David Helterbran and Sgt. Tim Kraemer of the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded on the Patuxent River north of the West Basin, in St. Mary’s County for a report of a sunken vessel.

Upon their arrival  they located a 108 foot vessel sunken and in an obvious state of disrepair. The vessel was anchored and the stern was completely submerged and sitting on the bottom in 12 feet of water. The vessel was resting on the bottom and could not move with wind or tides. This created a hazard to navigation on the waters of the State.

By searching the hull identification number it was learned that the vessel is owned and controlled by two individuals who were identified as Ronald Philip Ferry, 63 of Aldie, Virginia, and Jared David Kaplan Russell, 33, of Takoma Park.

A criminal summons was issued for both Ferry and Russell for abandoning a vessel on the waters of the state and littering over 500 pounds.

8/27/2019: Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Port Operations Division and personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes are monitoring a partially submerged civilian watercraft in the Patuxent River for potential environmental impact.

The monitoring efforts began Aug. 21, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m. when NAS Patuxent River Port Operations personnel noticed what appeared to be a sinking vessel a half mile northwest of the base in the Patuxent River.

An initial investigation determined that the vessel was a civilian-owned former Navy YP craft, and that no one was onboard. NAS Patuxent River Port Operations staff also determined that while the craft was taking on water, no visible signs of oil or hazardous substances (OHS) are being emitted from the sinking vessel. NAS Port Operations staff contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, who confirmed that they were aware of the vessel and were in contact with the craft’s owner. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore also stated that boat towing service Sea Tow verified the vessel posed no potential pollution hazard, and that the owner was intending to address the problem.

Port Operations personnel have been monitoring the situation looking for signs of activity on the vessel as well as signs of any OHS being emitted from the vessel. As of 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23, no sign of OHS emissions have been observed. U.S. Coast Guard St. Inigoes patrol craft have also been on scene monitoring the craft as well.

Though the vessel is private property and not within the jurisdictional waters of the Navy, NAS Patuxent River Port Operations continues to monitor the situation and is ready to respond in the event the vessel poses any environmental threat to the river.

“We’re working closely with the Coast Guard until the owner can safely tow it off,” said David Wick, NAS Patuxent River Installation Program Director, Port Operations. “We will act and do everything possible to keep the Patuxent River clean and safe.” NAS Patuxent River will continue to work with the U.S. Coast Guard to mitigate any potential environmental impacts resulting from this situation.

For more information about NAS Patuxent River visit www.cnic.navy.mil/Patuxent or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.

Some Photos courtesy of Brian Collis and the Southern Maryland Sailing Association Facebook Page.

26 Responses to UPDATE: Partially Submerged Civilian Craft Removed from Patuxent River

  1. Anonymous on August 27, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Calvert Marina?

  2. Jim on August 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm


    • cap'n fred on April 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

      A little top work and some copper paint, by god she’ll be ready for trot linin’ season

  3. smokey the bear on August 27, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    That doesn’t look deliberate….. lol

  4. Cap’n Crunch on August 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Captain Jack Sparrow strikes again? Make that owner/idiot haul that navigational hazard out of there ASAP! If the govt has to do it, charge him and recoup the money on behalf of us taxpayers.

  5. USCG on August 27, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    why would you not tow it to shore?Duh

    • Cap'n Obvious on August 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      And who’s shore do you propose they tow it to? Most all shoreline is privately owned. Your recommendation would be like having an abandoned car in the neighborhood towed to the curb in front of your house. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind, right? Obviously you are NOT part of the USCG.

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      that’s where the owner floated it to after being booted from Calvert Marina for not paying.

  6. Captn Seaweed on August 28, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Quite a task, “monitoring” an anchored boat such as this.

    Probably being done in shifts, 3 people, round the clock.

    And what a beauty she is! The owner had to be totally shocked she was going down.

  7. Captain Stubing on August 28, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Looks like someone didn’t want to pay their slip fee anymore.

    • You get the prize on August 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm


    • Anonymous on August 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      And didn’t have insurance on it.

  8. Capt Obvious on August 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    That boat is sinking

  9. Skipper on August 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Definitely a sweet first-time-boat-buyer’s boat!

    just look at those gorgeous sea-worthy lines!

    a little paint, spit, and polish this weekend….. and she will be ready for that virgin voyage to Gilligan’s Isle!

    Climb aboard little buddy!

  10. awr on August 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    YUP, wondered why she had left calvert marina, Matt said get her outa here i guess…. The other of the same type is still there in slip.

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      One article is saying that the Boat’s owner didn’t have insurance on it.

  11. Anonymous on August 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    It’s leaking now!

  12. Save the osprey on top! on August 29, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I foresee a new artificial reef in the making……

    Coming to a deep spot in the bay near you.

  13. Anonymous on August 31, 2018 at 7:51 am

    From what I have read/heard the owner wanted to have this boat turned into a restaurant in D.C. He was booted from Calvert Marina where is was docked next to another YP due to lack of appropriate insurance documentation etc. I saw it daily until one day… it was gone. A few days later I saw it over by the base. This is a prime example of a pipe dream where the owner bit off much more than he could chew. A total financial blunder. For anyone who thinks they can just buy a boat without thinking about the maintenance involved (even if it doesn’t move under its own power) here you go.

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Yea, didn’t look big enough to be a restaurant.

  14. Captain Know it all on September 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

    In hindsight a better plan might have been taking it out to sea, when a good storm is predicted. Then it could be an oyster reef, or it could even drift to France unoccupied. Now it’s an eyesore hazard, creating fines, legal fees and attention.

  15. LocalYodel on April 3, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Hey DNR there’s another one sitting on the bottom of Cooper’s Creek north side in a little hollow. The mast should be visible. Start jailing these asses who dump their trash and illegally fish the waters. Thanks

  16. Capt Quint on April 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Hopefully the owners receive a big fat bill from Mr and Mrs Taxpayer for the removal of this eyesore.

  17. TBD on April 5, 2019 at 12:49 am

    It’s a beautiful boat! Restore it, bring it back to life & let people enjoy it again. If this boat could talk! Sad it was abandoned & just out floating around. What do they say…? One mans loss is another mans treasurer!

  18. usernametaken on April 5, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Totally irresponsible & the owners should pay for the entire removal.

  19. Captain Morgan on April 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Maryland Taxpayers will likely get to pay this bill after the boat owners quietly and swiftly relocate to Vermont and Ohio.