By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN – The sound of chainsaws filled the air Monday in Shore Acres, the popular waterfront community that’s a mix of summer cottages and year-round homes between Fishing Cove and Narragansett Bay, south of Electric Boat.
A big tree was down at the corner of Camp Avenue and Asqah Drive.
While debris and damage from Tropical Storm Irene – streets from Camp to Shore Acres Avenue and all the numbered side lanes from First through Sixth were littered with limbs and branches – the major source of excitement was a 40-foot sailboat out of San Francisco that broke loose from its mooring and smashed against the rocks at Sauga Point on the southern end of the peninsula.
Peter Freick, a New Hampshire landscape architect who attended the University of Rhode Island and is working on a local project, was touring the coves and inlets in a motorized dinghy.
“I keep a boat in Wickford Harbor,” he said, adding that he had seen another vessel on the beach at Poplar Point, near the lighthouse and directly across the harbor from Shore Acres. Freick tied up near the wrecked boat at Sauga Point and closely examined the damage.
“The deck and hull have been split apart [from bashing against the rocks.] The deck lifted and it split amidships. The propeller is bent. It’s totaled.”
He said the formerly magnificent vessel is worth “a couple hundred thousand dollars if not more.”
No one knew who the owner is.
Anna Rotondo, a long-time resident who, with her next door neighbor, fled to the Warwick neighborhood of Cowesett before the storm, “got word of the boat late Sunday morning.”
It was a dramatic sight behind her house. “It’s exciting,” she said
Rotondo and her neighbor both said their lawns, put in only two years ago, were “eaten up” by the corrosive salt spray and gravel-size stones hurled up over the seawall.
“A lot of people who have been here a long time and never leave boarded up and went.”
Martha Smith is an award-winning journalist and author, Retired, she is an independent contractor for SRIN and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .