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Bellingham man recovers sailboat that sank in recent storm

Jess Burge tries to a remove the engine cover and staircase from the cabin of the New Moon shortly after it surfaced on Friday, March 18, in Bellingham Bay. The boat sunk on March 5. Burge is trying to salvage and restore the boat.
Jess Burge tries to a remove the engine cover and staircase from the cabin of the New Moon shortly after it surfaced on Friday, March 18, in Bellingham Bay. The boat sunk on March 5. Burge is trying to salvage and restore the boat. eabell@bhamherald.com

About two weeks after it sank in a shallow part of Bellingham Bay, the New Moon was raised Friday, March 18, by Jess Burge, a Bellingham man who wants to restore the wooden sailboat.

The boat was reported taking on water early Saturday, March 5. It was anchored in the bay near the end of Cornwall Avenue during a storm. The boat didn’t have any fuel on board so there wasn’t a threat of pollution.

The New Moon was built in 1933 in Seattle for blue water cruising.

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