2009-10-08 / News

Few leads in search for missing dory

Jim Underwood is looking everywhere for his classic rowing dinghy (pictured above) that was apparently stolen last month from dockside at East Ferry.

The 17-foot dory was built by VanZandt Boatworks in New Jersey and is named “Emma.” The boat is fiberglass with wooden gunnels and unique oarlocks.

Underwood is an elementary school teacher who was raised in Newport and has been a summertime lifeguard for 20 years. He has rowed rescue dories as a lifeguard at First Beach and has competed in tournaments. Underwood also rows for pleasure.

Underwood believes the boat was stolen at night on Sept. 2 or 3, when the thieves cut the cable to the lock. He believes the boat was trailered away.

Underwood says the boat is valued at $8,500 and he is offering a reward for its safe return.

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