Rhode Island's tall ship falls during storm's strong winds

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Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:46 PM
Rhode Island's tall ship falls during storm's strong winds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that's pounding the state.

USS Providence owner and captain Thorpe Leeson said Tuesday that the ship was extensively damaged when it fell on its side overnight at the Newport Shipyard. It was stored there for the winter.

Leeson says the mast is broken and the hull is punctured. Extra supports were added as a precaution, but they couldn't sustain the heavy winds.

Leeson vows that the ship will "come back to life."

Leeson says he expects insurance to cover the damage, and he plans to get the ship in the water by the end of the summer.

The replica of the Continental sailing vessel Providence is the state flagship and tall ship ambassador.